Roosevelt Campobello International Park

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Roosevelt Campobello International Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Roosevelt cottage at Campobello.jpg
The cottage at Campobello
Map showing the location of Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Map showing the location of Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Location in New Brunswick off the coast of Maine
Location Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada
Nearest city Saint John, New Brunswick
Coordinates 44°51′06″N 66°56′33″W / 44.85167°N 66.94250°W / 44.85167; -66.94250Coordinates: 44°51′06″N 66°56′33″W / 44.85167°N 66.94250°W / 44.85167; -66.94250
Area 11.01 km2 (2,720 acres)
Established July 7, 1964
Governing body Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission

Roosevelt Campobello International Park preserves the house and surrounding landscape of the family summer retreat of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family, located on the southern tip of Campobello Island in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. It was here in August 1921 that Roosevelt, who would go on to become the 32nd President of the United States, was stricken with poliomyelitis at the age of 39. Franklin rarely returned but Eleanor Roosevelt loved the cool summer weather and visited many times with her small children, and later she came alone in the summer. After her death in 1962, the family deeded the property to the governments of the U.S. and Canada; in 1964, they created the 2,800-acre International Park.[1] The cottage, built in the Shingle Style and completed in 1897, was designed by Willard T. Sears.

Administrative history[edit]

The park is owned and administered by the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission, created by international treaty signed by Governor General Georges Vanier, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, and President Lyndon B. Johnson on January 22, 1964. The park was established on July 7, 1964. Both countries provide financial support to the park. It is an affiliated area of Parks Canada and of the U.S. National Park Service.

Charter members of the board of the international commission included U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr., and Lubec, Maine resident Sumner T. Pike.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stephen O. Muskie, Campobello: Roosevelt’s Beloved Island (1982)
  2. ^ Two articles by Donald R. Larrabee, one each from Bangor Daily News and Maine Sunday Telegram, entered in Congressional Record – Senate, June 10, 1975, page 18115, by Sen. Edmund Muskie, in Bates College Muskie archives.

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