Culture - The Roosevelt Chestnuts


The photo is Teddy Roosevelt's family. From left to right is Quentin, Pres. Roosevelt, Teddy Jr., Archibald, Alice in the middle, Kermit, Mrs. Roosevelt, and Ethel on the end.
By 1910, the chestnut blight had killed thousands of chestnut trees on Sagamore Estate, the estate of former President Teddy Roosevelt. These chestnut trees were considered some of our finest specimens in America. Some had been standing for 75 years or more. For exercise, Mr. Roosevelt occasionally went into his forest and chopped one of us down.

When the blight was discovered, people wondered if Mr. Roosevelt, alone, would attempt to cut us all down.