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America's Cradle - Historic Houses of the Northeast

America's Cradle - Historic Houses of the Northeast


Exhibit:  June 10, 2013 to December 14, 2017
Gallery Talk:  June 10, 2013

Exhibit is only accessible to National Park employees at this time

National Park Service
Northeast Regional Office
U.S. Custom House
200 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19106

This exhibit features 28 photographs of three historic houses in the Northeast that mark America's rise from a colony to a nascent republic developing its place in world politics and culture.  

The Old Mastic House was the residence of William Floyd, an American revolutionary and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  The house is now part of Fire Island National Seashore in Long Island, New York.  

Sagamore Hill is the home and "Summer Whitehouse" of President Theodore Roosevelt located in Oyster Bay, New York.  TR won the Nobel Peace Prize, was a pioneering conservationist and led the building of the Panama Canal.  The house and grounds are preserved as Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.  

In Connecticut, Julian Alden Weir became one of the founders of American Impressionism.  Three generations of artists have lived and worked in the farmhouse and painting studios, such as sculptor Mahonri Young.  Today, Weir Farm National Historic Site continues to inspire visitors as well as artists from around the world through the park's Artist-in-Residence program.

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