Campobello Island
The Roosevelts on Campobello Island: Life at the Glorious Edge
Enjoy a rare opportunity to stay in a cottage on the island, as you learn about the Roosevelts through visits to old haunts and a lobster feast on the bay where Franklin sailed.
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Program No. 1485RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Experience life as the Roosevelts and other “rusticators” lived it during their summers on Campobello Island. Explore Passamaquoddy Bay as seals and porpoises play beside your boat and lighthouses tower overhead. See for yourself what brought the Roosevelts back year after year as you encounter the people and places they held dear. Picnic at a favorite spot of Franklin and Eleanor, meet descendants of people they knew and relish the exclusive opportunity to lodge in the cottages of their beloved summer retreat.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-quarter mile on varied terrain; ramp to dock can be steep.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Stay in cottages on the grounds of the exclusive Roosevelt retreat in Roosevelt-Campobello International Park.
  • Learn about island life for Franklin and Eleanor through expert lectures, walks along beaches they loved, tea time and more in the places they once occupied.
  • Visit the Library and Museum that Eleanor helped support, dine at the church hall where Franklin was a warden, feast on lobster and take a study cruise on Passamaquoddy Bay where Franklin learned to sail.

General Notes

Passports required. The closest airport is in Maine, so our Canada Air Transfer Special Offer is not available for this program.
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Colin J.C. Windhorst,
Dr. Colin Windhorst is a historian with a long established interest in New England and a special love for the people and history of Eastern Maine. He is a frequent speaker for Road Scholar on the history of Campobello Island and its connections to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Dr. Windhorst earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maine in 1996, and since then he has lectured and written extensively on the history of Maine, with particular interests the Passamaquoddy Bay area.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Colin J.C. Windhorst,
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