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A Full Weekend Celebrating Roosevelt’s North Creek Experience

Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again, Preview

Theodore Roosevelt impersonator Joe Wiegand performs in the East Room of the White House, 2008. Photo Courtesy of White House/Chris GreenbergOne of the most interesting pieces of Adirondack history involves Theodore Roosevelt. Considered one of our most beloved presidents, Roosevelt had a fascinating and varied background, serving not just as a Colonel in the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry (aka the Rough Riders), but also as a New York State Assemblyman, New York City Police Commissioner, Governor of New York, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Vice President of the United States, before becoming president at the ripe old age of 42, the youngest in American history.

The circumstances involving Roosevelt’s ascension to the presidency are tragic, yet they also make for a rousing adventure. As vice president under William McKinley, Roosevelt was vacationing in Mount Marcy when he was alerted on September 13, 1901 that McKinley had been shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo and was unlikely to survive. He quickly left his campsite to make the dash Buffalo, and headed to North Creek in order to catch the nearest train (to learn more about his trip to North Creek, click here). Arriving at North Creek at 5:22 am on September 14th, he learned that President McKinley had died.

Once Roosevelt arrived in Buffalo, he was sworn in as the 26th President of the United States.

Coinciding with the 112th anniversary of this event, the Saratoga and North Creek Railway will be hosting a festival on September 13th through the 15th, entitled Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again. The three full days of events at the North Creek Train Depot will feature celebrated Roosevelt repriser Joe Wiegand, who will hold lectures and informal chats with attendees to share the president’s experiences, that will not only appeal to history buffs, but railroad enthusiasts as well.

Mr. Wiegand has performed as Roosevelt for several years throughout the country, including a special performance at the White House to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Roosevelt’s birth in 2008.

It should also be noted that there will also be an abundance of activities for children as well, so bring your kids with you.

Here are some of the festival’s highlights:

Friday, September 13th

A “Breakfast with Teddy Roosevelt” Tour, train ride will depart from the North Creek Depot starting at 7am on all three days of the festival. Passengers in Dome Class will enjoy the company of Teddy Roosevelt and have the ability to purchase a delicious, chef-prepared fresh breakfast from the SNC’s on-board menu. Advance reservations are suggested

At 12:30pm Mr. Wiegand, will deliver a speech at the North Creek Depot platform, commemorating the 112-year anniversary of Roosevelt’s rise to the Presidency. This will be followed by informal meet and greets with Roosevelt on North Creek’s Main Street from 4-5pm.

Saturday, September 14th

At 6:45am, there will be a recreation of Roosevelt’s early morning ride to the North Creek Depot, (112 years to the day) as a period dressed railroad agent relays the news of President McKinley’s death to Vice President Roosevelt.

The Garnet Hill Lodge will also host a dinner with President Roosevelt, featuring Roosevelt family recipes and period foods starting at 7pm. 1901 period dress is encouraged, but not required. Advance reservations suggested. Visit or call 800-497-4207.

Saturday and Sunday, September 15th

At 9:30am (on both Saturday and Sunday), take a trip on the Leviathan No. 63 Steam Engine, a faithfully reproduced replica of an 1868 train that was originally constructed at the Schenectady Locomotive Works. This special excursion will leave from the Corinth station and arrive in North Creek at 12noon. The Leviathan will depart from North Creek at 2:30pm for its return to Corinth (NOTE: this special excursion train package is being sold separately. Visit for details)

Throughout the weekend, the North Creek Depot Museum & Annual Rail-Fair will be ongoing in the Kellogg building in Riverfront Park. This will feature vendors, lectures, exhibits, and demonstrations on railroad history with an emphasis on the D & H Rail line. Visit for more details.

Also taking place in North Creek will be artisan demonstrations of turn of the century trades, and camp life, hosted by members of the Adirondack Folk School, from 10am-3pm.

For more information on the festival and other related activities, visit

–By The Free George Staff. Photo Courtesy of White House/Chris Greenberg

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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