Theodore RooseveltThe Town of Newcomb, NY will celebrate its annual TR Weekend on September 5-7, 2014, an occasion that celebrates the town’s connection with Theodore Roosevelt, a naturalist, explorer, and historian from New York City and Long Island who served as the 33rd Governor of New York State the 26th President of the United States. TR is usually mentioned as a leader of the Republican Party before the founding of the Progressive Party, as well as his energetic personality and leadership of the Progressive Movement. Less known is his support of women’s suffrage.

Roosevelt was visiting the Tahawus Club in Newcomb and climbing Mount Marcy when he learned that U.S. President McKinley, who had been shot on September 6, 1901, was near death. He made a hurried and arduous overnight ride from Newcomb, through Minerva, to the train station at North Creek. While en route McKinley died and TR, just 42 years-old, became the youngest person to become president.

TR reenactor Joe Weigand is part of the program, and there are free guided wagon tours to the Great Camp Santanoni Farm complex, tours of Tahawus and the Upper Works, a guided mountain bike ride, a 5K run, kid’s fishing derby, golf tournament, a tour of the Huntington Forest, float plane rides, a guide boat flotilla, a magic show, ice cream social, a quilt show, fireworks, and much more. Check the complete schedule.