In 1866, James Roosevelt purchased a one square-mile estate along the banks of the Hudson River. Although the history of the house at the estate is unclear, Springwood changed dramatically during Roosevelt’s ownership of the property. On Jan. 30, 1882, James and his second wife Sara Delano Roosevelt welcomed their only child, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Franklin was born in the second floor tower bedroom that functioned as the master bedroom of the house.
Presidential Pathways: Franklin D. Roosevelt Birthplace