Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

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Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

New York

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Overview

On September 14th, 1901, an anxious Theodore Roosevelt stood in the library of a friend's home in Buffalo, NY. Hours earlier, President William McKinley had died of an assassin's bullet, and now Roosevelt stood ready to rise to the highest office in the land. Roosevelt had been in the vice-presidency for barely six months and had privately feared that his political career was ended with his election to a largely powerless office. Yet at 3:32 pm of September 14th, Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 26th President of the United States as a consequence of unforeseen tragedy. Roosevelt's administration would expand the role of the United States in world affairs, change the relationship between the American government and its citizens, and alter the shape of the presidency itself. The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural NHS preserves the former Ansley Wilcox home, the scene of this fateful turning point in American history.

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Guided museum tour. See where a new vision of America came to power when Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency. The tour includes three restored rooms, video and audio, and interactive activities.

    It is recommended to allow approximately one hour to tour. Discover how people lived one hundred years ago and learn about Buffalo's early history while enjoying a leisurely walk through the charming streets and Victorian architecture of the historic Allentown district. The tour begins at the house where a President of the country took his oath of office and includes one street that was the path that fugitive slaves followed on their flights to freedom. Discover the homes where a famous actress had her first taste of theater, a popular novelist entertained his boyhood friends with amateur theatrical productions, and a famous artist was inspired to create one of his early paintings. Many new and interesting rehabilitation projects and the area's unique shops, restaurants, green spaces, and galleries add to the current dynamic life of this neighborhood. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. The tour begins and ends at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

    The Site can only be viewed by a guided tour.

Seasonality/Weather

Spring - Cool and rainy / Summer - Warm and breezy / Fall - Cool and generally pleasant / Winter - Cold and snowy.

Park Partners

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site (TR Site) preserves the Ansley Wilcox House in Buffalo, New York, where Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States on September 14, 1901. This foundation provides opportunities for visitors to understand the historical events surrounding the inauguration, as well as the lasting significance of Theodore Roosevelt's life and presidency.

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Directions

Driving

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site is located at:

641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202 (between North and Allen Streets)

Free off-street parking is available behind the Site on Franklin Street, which is one-way northbound. (Franklin Street can not be accessed from North Street.) On-street meter parking is also available on Delaware Avenue. From the East

• Take the I-90 west to Exit 51 (Rt. 33 W).

• Take Exit 51 to Rt. 33 W (Kensington Expressway) and to downtown.

• Continue on Rt. 33 and go west for 6 ½ miles to Goodell Street Exit.

• Take Goodell Street Exit and get into center lane of Goodell. Follow signs directing "To Delaware Avenue".

• At Main Street, follow signs directing "To Delaware Avenue", veer left around St. Louis Church and continue west on Edward Street.

• For parking lot (free), turn right at the first street, Franklin, and travel 2 2/3 blocks north. The lot entrance will be on your left and marked by a brown and white National Park Service sign.

• For on-street (meter) parking, turn right at the second street, Delaware, and travel 2 2/3 blocks north. The Site will be on your right and marked by a brown and white National Park Service sign.

From the North or Niagara Falls

• Take the I-190 South. If coming from Niagara Falls, this requires traveling over both Grand Island bridges.

• Continue on I-190 South, approximately 6.5 miles beyond the south bridge.

• Take Exit 9, Peace Bridge/Porter Avenue and follow signs to Porter Ave.

• Turn left onto Porter Ave. and go northeast to Symphony Circle. (Traffic on the circle has right of way.)

• Pass through Symphony Circle and Porter becomes North Street. Go east for ½ mile to Delaware Avenue.

• Turn right onto Delaware Avenue. The Site is now on your left. Meter parking is available on Delaware.

• For free off-street parking, circle the block by passing the site and going to the next signal (Allen), turn left onto Allen, go to the next signal (Franklin) and turn left on Franklin. Continue 2/3rd of the way down the block. The lot entrance will be on your left and marked by a brown and white National Park Service sign.

From the South or West

• Take the I-90 to Exit 53 (I-190 N).

• Take Exit 53 to I-190 N and to downtown.

• Continue on the I-190 N and go west for 5 ½ miles to Exit 8 (Niagara St.).

• Take Exit 8 (Niagara St.) and turn left on Niagara St.

• Go northwest for 0.7 miles to Porter Avenue.

• Turn right onto Porter Avenue and go northeast for ½ mile to Symphony Circle. (Traffic on the circle has right of way.)

• Pass through Symphony Circle and Porter becomes North Street. Go east for ½ mile to Delaware Avenue.

• Turn right onto Delaware Avenue. The Site is now on your left. Meter parking is available on Delaware.

• For free off-street parking, circle the block by passing the site and going to the next signal (Allen), turn left onto Allen, go to the next signal (Franklin) and turn left on Franklin. Continue 2/3rd of the way down the block. The lot entrance will be on your left and marked by a brown and white National Park Service sign.

From Canada

• Take the Peace Bridge from Fort Erie, Ontario, to Buffalo, NY. • After crossing the Peace Bridge, follow signs to Porter Ave.

• Follow Baird Drive past Front Park to Porter Ave.

• Turn left onto Porter Ave. and go northeast to Symphony Circle. (Traffic on the circle has right of way.)

• Pass through Symphony Circle and Porter becomes North Street. Go east for ½ mile to Delaware Avenue.

• Turn right onto Delaware Avenue. The Site is now on your left. Meter parking is available on Delaware.

• For free off-street parking, circle the block by passing the site and going to the next signal (Allen), turn left onto Allen, go to the next signal (Franklin) and turn left on Franklin. Continue 2/3rd of the way down the block. The lot entrance will be on your left and marked by a brown and white National Park Service sign.

School bus and tour bus parking is located on Delaware Avenue directly in front of the Site. Buses cannot be accomodated in the parking lot.

Please note that there is no available parking onsite for large campers or RVs. Other tips to keep in mind: Traffic tends to be moderate for a downtown area, except at weekday morning and afternoon rush hours, when it becomes heavy for brief periods.

Several downtown streets are one-way, so be careful before you turn. Franklin Street, which is used to access the Site parking lot, is one-way north-bound near the Site.

School bus and tour bus parking is located on Delaware Avenue directly in front of the Site.

Flying

Buffalo-Niagara International Airport services the Buffalo area. From there, take surface roads:

• Take Rt. 33 West to Goodell Street Exit.

• Take Goodell Street Exit and get into center lane of Goodell. Follow signs directing "To Delaware Avenue".

• At Main Street, follow signs directing "To Delaware Avenue", veer left around St. Louis Church and continue west on Edward Street.

• For parking lot (free), turn right at the first street, Franklin, and travel 2 2/3 blocks north. The lot entrance will be on your left and marked by a brown and white National Park Service sign.

• For on-street (meter) parking, turn right at the second street, Delaware, and travel 2 2/3 blocks north. The Site will be on your right and marked by a brown and white National Park Service sign.

Public Transportation

Bus: Metro Bus # 11 (Colvin) or # 25 (Delaware) leave visitors off in front of the Site at the intersection of Delaware and North.

Metro Rail: Exit at Allen St. station. Cross Main Street and walk three blocks west on Allen Street to Delaware Avenue and then one block north (right) on Delaware.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(716) 884-0095

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