626RE: A ROOSEVELTIAN WEEKENDRe: [tr-m] He is everywhere thread
- Aug 5, 2003--There is a wonderful multi-page program/booklet of the one-day event for
TR's visit to this school that exists. In it, are photos and the
schedule-of-events, as well as, TR's remarks that day.
From: pathfinder6436830 [mailto:pathfinder6436830@...]
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 12:43 PM
Subject: A ROOSEVELTIAN WEEKENDRe: [tr-m] He is everywhere thread
FROM HOTELS TO CABINS. Connections with TR abound. I have included
some information about the "Roosevelt Cabin," located on the campus of
Berry College, Mount Berry, near Rome, Georgia. Of course, TR's
family connections with the State of Georgia are well-known, i.e.,
Bulloch Hall in Roswell. In another point of presidential history,
Mrs. Ellen A. Wilson, the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson is
buried in nearby Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome. The great thing about
history is that it is everywhere. Many of us can probably identify TR
associated sites right around the corner from us. In addition to Berry
College, I have lived near the Tuskegee Institute National Historic
Site, Tuskegee , Alabama. Of course, TR's connection with Booker T.
Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Institute, is well-known. I
believe that TR served on the Board of Trustees at Tuskegee. Now
Tuskegee University, the campus offers a well preserved view of the
times in which Booker T. Washington lived. I urge further efforts to
recognize TR's association with Tuskegee, cognizant of the unique
challenges that existed for both TR and Booker T. Washington in
nurturing that relationship.
THE INFORMATION BELOW IS TAKEN FROM THE BERRY COLLEGE WEBSITE AT
http://www2.berry.edu/oakhill/roosevelt.asp (A picture of the cabin is
displayed on the website)
Roosevelt Cabin, first referred to only as "the Cabin," one of the
oldest buildings on the main campus, symbolizes more than any other
building Miss Berry's history and philosophy. Soon after the schools
opened in 1902, Miss Berry and Captain John Gibbs Barnwell, architect
for the Berry Schools, drew up plans for a rustic log cabin which was
to serve as a guest house and a social center/demonstration cottage,
intended, as Elizabeth Brewster later put it, to demonstrate to the
highlanders that "a home may be simple and inexpensive and at the same
time in good taste and even beautiful."
In these early days the cabin was the heart of the campus in several
ways. It caught the overflow from the small school kitchen in
Brewster Hall; there were usually a large black iron pot of beans
boiling on one fireplace and potatoes roasting in a bed of coals in
the other. Here Miss Berry worked to help students acquire poise and
polish; she insisted that everyone (students and teacher alike) speak
up at her Sunday afternoons and other social gatherings, that they
make little speeches and offer toasts (using coffee or water). Daily
prayer services were held in the Cabin, and Miss Berry taught Sunday
school there; in inclement weather Sunday worship services were held
For many years the Cabin served as a guest house, and the visits of
several very important persons are associated with it. The most
famous visitor to the cabin was former President Theodore Roosevelt,
who had a luncheon there during his visit on October 8, 1910. The
next day The Cabin was renamed Roosevelt Cabin by Miss Berry.
President Roosevelt and his party arrived at the Rome depot in a
pouring rain and drove over the campus in the schools' oxcart, which
he insisted on driving himself. Afterwards they were served a meal in
the cabin. Walter Johnson, a student, was assigned to wait on the
--- In email@example.com, sherryj@u... wrote:
> > P.S. I might get them to put a photo of TR in
> > there.
> That would be nice of them. I don't foresee ever being in New
Orleans but if I ever
> DO happen to get over that way, I will try to make a point to visit
> Roosevelt Hotel and ask them about the history of it. Tons of people
> interested in history and it could be a draw for business for the
> I know there is a Roosevelt Lake in Arizona named after TR but I
don't know what
> namesake things are there because I've never been there. I believe
it draws a lot
> of boaters. I ought to put a trip there on my To Do list ~~ my Nice
To Do list.
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