Theodore Roosevelt was a man with vision. He considered the future before making decisions and his legacies still influence us. Perhaps his greatest legacy was in conservation. This wooded island is a fitting memorial to the outdoorsman, naturalist, and visionary who was our 26th President.
After Roosevelt's death on January 6, 1919, citizens wanted to establish a memorial in his honor. The 91 acre wooded island in the Potomac seemed the perfect place. The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Association purchased the island in 1932. Congress approved funds in 1960 and the memorial was dedicated on October 27, 1967. Eric Gugler designed the memorial. Paul Manship designed the statue.
Two and one-half miles of trails lead through the marsh, swamp and forest. Visitors often see birds or small mammals. The
George Washington Memorial Parkway facilities and programs provide a variety of educational and recreational opportunities year round.
Access to the island is available only from the northbound lane of the
George Washington Memorial Parkway.