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Campobello Island

The Roosevelts on Campobello Island: Life at the Glorious Edge

Discover the Roosevelts’ favorite places on Campobello Island while enjoying on the water experiences and historic explorations with local fishermen, musicians and storytellers.
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Program No. 1485RJ
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Campobello Island
D
Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Activity note: Adams Lodge check-in from 2:00 pm Atlantic Time (AT)/1:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) until 4:30 pm AT/3:00 pm ET. (AT is 1 hour ahead of ET.)

Afternoon: Program Registration: 2:00–4:30 pm Atlantic Time (AT) [1:00–3:00 pm Eastern Time (ET).] When you get your room assignment you will also receive your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and get a brief orientation to Roosevelt Campobello International Park. You may then go to your room to freshen up, relax, and look around the Park until our Orientation session begins at 5:00 pm (AT) in Adams Lodge. Orientation: 5:00-6:30 pm (AT) in Adams Lodge. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We are in the Atlantic Time Zone (AT) and will adjust our watches/devices during Orientation. (Atlantic Time is one hour ahead of Eastern Time.) Unless noted otherwise, all meals, classroom presentations, and cash bar will be in Adams Lodge on the grounds of Roosevelt Campobello International Park. Adams Lodge is in walking distance (or via car) from all nearby residence locations, also within the Park. All meals will include coffee, tea, and water at no additional cost; other beverages will be available for purchase from the bar next to the dining area. The cash bar will be available every evening a half-hour before dinner. You may establish a tab for the duration of the program to purchase the beverages of your choice. You will need your passport for the field trip into Lubec, Maine, on Day 5.

Dinner: In the Adams Lodge dining room at 7:00 p.m., we will have a plated dinner especially selected to match the era and content of our program as the Roosevelts would have served to their special guests; beverage choices of coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase from the bar.

Evening: We will have a short session to review specifics of the program schedule. In the Roosevelt tradition, the evening will end with a short reading. Guests are welcome to retire to their rooms or visit around the fireplace at Adams Lodge. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Island Life, Tribal History, Red Cottage, Strong Men & Women
Campobello Island
B,L,D
Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking up to 1/4 mile on sidewalk, gravel walk, and inside buildings; climbing up/down flights of stairs; and standing for short intervals.

Breakfast: In the Adams Lodge dining room 7:30-8:30 a.m., the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices with milk, orange juice, coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: 9:00 a.m. For our first interactive presentation in the Adams Lodge classroom, we’ll be joined by Linda Cross Godfrey, an expert lecturer on life at the local shores, the Passamaquoddy Tribe, and the Roosevelts on Campobello Island. Linda will discuss what we mean by life at the glorious edge, nature, the First People, and the 1900s Rusticators. After a beverage break, we’ll welcome our next presenter, Robert Godfrey, a nationally known expert seen on The History Channel and The Weather Channel. We’ll learn how to read a Tide Table, and about the mighty and magnificent waters of Passamaquoddy Bay, the Bay of Fundy, and Old Sow Whirlpool.

Lunch: Adams Lodge dining room 12:00 Noon, we’ll have a plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will gather for another expert presentation by Donald Soctomah, Tribal Historian of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, who is the author of books on the tribe including “Remember Me: Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt.” Tomah Joseph was a Passamaquoddy elder and former chief who made his living as a guide, birchbark canoe builder, and basket maker. He taught young Franklin how to canoe and made a beautifully decorated birchbark canoe for him that remains at Campobello. We will also see and hold Passamaquoddy artifacts as old as 14,000 years as well as a hand-made canoe, like the one in the aforementioned book, that is a central feature of the historic display at the Roosevelt Park’s Visitor’s Center. Next, we’ll take the shuttle bus to the Park’s Visitor Center to view a film on Roosevelt Park and the Center’s historic display. We will also explore Red Cottage, the summer home where Franklin and Eleanor and their children spent summer holidays. FDR’s parents began coming to Campobello in 1883 and it became young Franklin’s favorite place. Red Cottage was next door to the Roosevelt home and the owner later sold it to Sara Roosevelt with the stipulation that she give it to newlyweds Eleanor and Franklin, which she did. Docents will lead our visit.

Dinner: Adams Lodge dining room plated meal.

Evening: We’ll be joined by island storytellers who are fishermen and women as well as 7th to 9th generation residents who will share stories about strong islanders of land and sea. We’ll also have an interactive knot-tying demonstration and try our hands and tying simple knots to appreciate one of FDR’s hobbies. To conclude, we’ll participate in a discussion inspired by Brian Flynn’s book, “The Voices of Fishermen – On Superstitions” and enjoy a short musical performance.

DAY
3
Welshpool, Favorite Roosevelt Places, Tea With Eleanor
Campobello Island
B,L,D
Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Activity note: Getting on/off a shuttle bus. Walking up to 6/10 mile in the morning on sloping and level pavement, and walking up to 1.1 mile (in segments) total in the afternoon on sloping ramp, gravel pathways, sand & shingle beach, and pavement.

Breakfast: Adams Lodge buffet.

Morning: We will travel via Park shuttle bus to nearby Welshpool Village and St. Anne's Anglican Church, which the Roosevelts attended. We’ll walk to other Welshpool sites including Welshpool Wharf, FDR’s wharf of choice; and the Public Library and Museum for a lecture by a Roosevelt scholar on the founding and development of Campobello Island from the earliest settlers to the Victorian-era, where we will also view historic Passamaquoddy art and collected memorabilia of the Owen and Roosevelt families. We’ll also visit Owen House, home of the Campobello Island-founding Owen family with its sailing ship collection and active artist’s gallery; and newly restored Welshpool Communty Hall, where the Roosevelts socialized with islanders, attended dances, and participated in pageants. It was here that Eleanor hosted a special celebration for FDR’s island neighbors after he was elected President.

Lunch: At Welshpool Community Hall we’ll have boxed lunches featuring some of the things FDR enjoyed at picnics.

Afternoon: We’ll hear some FDR & ER stories, followed by an interaction led by an island Roosevelt expert. We’ll then board a bus for a field trip with narrative to see some Roosevelt favorite places such as Friar's Head Overlook, Mulholland Point Lighthouse, Liberty Point, and Herring Cove. To finish the afternoon, we’ll have “Tea With Eleanor” in historic Wells-Shober Cottage. Park staff will recount anecdotes from the life of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt as we enjoy her favorite blend of tea and homemade cookies. There is also a display of rare photos of Eleanor on Campobello Island and a sample of her nationally syndicated newspaper column “My Day” that she wrote from 1936-1962.

Dinner: At Adams Lodge. ER valued casual meals, especially picnics, where guests could select from a variety of favorite picnic foods. Depending on weather, you may choose to enjoy the picnic in the dining room or on the deck overlooking Friar's Bay, Passamaquoddy Bay, and Eastport, Maine.

Evening: We’ll be joined by a local expert who will tell us about Head Harbour Lighthouse and the importance of lighthouses in the lives of men and women in sailing and fishing. Historically called “angel fires,” lighthouses have saved many islanders including FDR. He was an avid sailor and canoe paddler in the waters around Campobello Island from learning as a four-year-old child to becoming a canoe expert, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Governor of New York, and President of the United States. Some participants choose to make the trek to the lighthouse during the program's free day. It sits on an islet at the north end of Campobello and is accessible by foot only at low tide and for a fee to support ongoing maintenance of the lightstation buildings. Multiple ladders and ocean floor crossings are required.

DAY
4
Roosevelt Moments, Free Time
Campobello Island
B
Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Activity note: Extent and duration of free time activities dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: Adams Lodge buffet.

Morning: We’ll engage in a group interaction to capture favorite Roosevelt sites and experiences, to create journal notes in honor of ER's “My Day” column and young Franklin's Great Day. The remainder of the morning and the day is free for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. You might like to see more of Roosevelt Campobello International Park, explore other places on Campobello Island, visit nearby sites in Maine or New Brunswick, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time.

Evening: We will regroup at Adams Lodge and view Episode 4 of the Ken Burns documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.” This episode, titled “The Storm,” covers the period from Franklin’s run for Vice President in 1920 through being stricken with polio, his years of struggle to walk again, Eleanor’s development of her own life, FDR’s return to politics, his governorship of New York, the Great Depression, and his Democratic Party nomination for President in 1932. A local expert will provide commentary on the topics of resilience and resolve. A snack with coffee, tea, and water will be available during the film.

DAY
5
Lives of FDR & ER, Boating Field Trip, “Nikanke” Best Works
Campobello Island
B,L,D
Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Activity note: Passports required. Dress in layers. Getting on/off a bus, on/off a boat; negotiating a ramp (steep, depending on phase of 25-foot tides; boat crew and Coordinators will assist; due to wave action, boat trip requires maintaining balance and holding on when standing (seating available). Walking 2/10-mile on long, sloping ramp, floating wharf, and sloping pavement.

Breakfast: Adams Lodge buffet.

Morning: We’ll be joined at Adams Lodge by a Roosevelt scholar who will present two lectures on the lives of FDR and ER from birth to death, with special attention to their summers on Campobello Island. The first lecture will focus on Franklin the sailor and his life on the water, and the second on Eleanor, the reluctant sailor.

Lunch: Adams Lodge plated meal featuring a favorite island dish, fishcakes with chow-chow.

Afternoon: Passports are required for this field trip. We will travel by Park shuttle bus to nearby Lubec, Maine (Passport required), to board a whale watch vessel. Led by local experts, we will set out for whale and wildlife watching on Passamaquoddy Bay and the western edge of the Bay of Fundy. These nutrient-rich waters provide habitat for humpbacks, finbacks, minke, and rare right whales, seals, and porpoises as well as attracting eagles, osprey, and pelagic birds. On our way back, we will stop to visit the Lost Fishermen Memorial in Lubec that venerates the names of fishermen from the region who lost their lives from 1900 to the present day.

Dinner: Adams Lodge plated meal featuring lobster (or if you prefer, steak or vegetarian). If you haven’t had lobster in the shell before, it requires cracking via hand coordination and strength. Park kitchen staff will be available to provide assistance as needed. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We will reprise the word “Nikanke” — Passamaquoddy for leader — from our first lecture to honor FDR and ER as true Nikanke. Using FDR's “Four Freedoms” speech and ER's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we will hear audio recordings by both of the Roosevelts to introduce what each considered his or her best work. We will then read aloud the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and discuss applications in today's world. The Group Leader will share examples of projects or events former Road Scholar attendees have created when returned home and the members of our Road Scholar group will be invited to suggest a way in which they might share this information when they return home. Prepare for check-out and departure following our closing session in the morning.

DAY
6
Memorable and Magical Moments, Program Concludes
Campobello Island
B

Activity note: Move luggage down stairs from rooms to personal vehicles. Check-out 10:00 am (Atlantic Time).

Breakfast: Adams Lodge buffet including a special farewell dish. Selected recipes from the week's meals will be available.

Morning: We will gather for our closing program session and the last chapter of our educational journey together: a final talking circle and an opportunity to share memorable and magical moments amid what we’ve learned about the Roosevelts' words and amazing legacies. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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