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The Original Camp David (Presidential Retreat)

February 27th, 2011 Sears Homes 1 comment

In the Spring 1906 issue of American Carpenter and Builder there’s a fascinating article about the new presidential retreat, built for president Theodore Roosevelt.

This rustic retreat was situated on a 15-acre compound in the Piedmont area of Virginia known simply as “Pine Knob.”

From what I can glean, it was very close to the Virginia/West Virginia border, not too far from Harrisonburg, Virginia.  This wonderful article also included pictures of the staff (shown below). This was a pretty rugged looking bunch, and no one had matching uniforms. And where’s the Secret Service? Maybe that’s what the bloodhounds are for?

I’ve never been to Camp David, but I’m willing to bet that it looks a little different than Teddy’s old place and I’m also willing to guess that the buildings are not heated by a cast-iron wood stove.

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Exterior of the Presidential Retreat.

Exterior of the Presidential Retreat.

Interior of the retreat. Note the wood-burning stove.

Interior of the "retreat." Note the wood-burning stove and very primitive (more than rustic) furnishings.

The staff is fairly rustic, too.

The staff is fairly rustic, too.

Close-up of the crew at Pine Knob

Close-up of the staff at Pine Knob

Another close-up

Another close-up

Last of three slices of the original photo.

Last of three slices of the original photo.

Original article as it appeared in the 1906 American Carpenter and Builder magazine.

Original article as it appeared in the 1906 American Carpenter and Builder magazine.

part 2 of the original article

part 2 of the original article

And part 3

And part 3

part 4

part 4

And I found this in the December 1905 New York Times.

Whos Kermit?

And I always thought Kermit was a made-up name for a frog!

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