Pine Knot

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In a cartoon entitled, "To the Woods," President Theodore Roosevelt is depicted escaping the business of the White House with "Teddy Bear" for his vacation retreat, Pine Knot. November 1, 1906
Pine Knot rear facade with piazza, ca. 1906
Kitchen, west fireplace and range at Pine Knot, ca. 1906
Dick McDaniel and "Virginia Chief", ca. 1906

From 1905 to the end of his term in 1909, Pine Knot was a rural retreat for President Theodore Roosevelt and his family. Located about halfway between Charlottesville and Scottsville, it still stands on property which was originally part of the estate, “Plain Dealing,” near the small community of Keene on Rt. 712 off Rt. 20 South.[1] [2]

On May 8, 1908, President and Mrs. Roosevelt and John Burroughs arrived at Pine Knot after traveling by train from Washington to North Garden. This would be Roosevelt’s last visit to the rustic retreat that had no running water, no electricity and most importantly no White House business.[3] [4]

John Burroughs (1837-1921) was one of several naturalists whom Theodore Roosevelt knew because of his role in the evolving conservation movement of the early twentieth century.

Pine Knot was Theodore Roosevelt’s rustic Virginia retreat. It is located in southern Albemarle County in Keene.

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Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 37°51′00″N 78°31′25″W / 37.85°N 78.523611°W / 37.85; -78.523611

The 90-acre Pine Knot grounds are owned by the Edith and Theodore Roosevelt Pine Knot Foundation. There is no running water or electricity at the small cabin that Roosevelt used as a getaway while he was president. The foundation is seeking special-use permits to expand the profile of the historical resource and plans to hold monthly events. [5] There are also tentative plans for a historical center to house exhibits.

Pine Knot is also reported to be one of the last reliable sightings of the Passenger Pigeon in Albemarle County[6]

Tourist Attraction

As of 2012 the owners of Pine Knot are seeking to construct an historical center for the site. In addition, they have requested that the maximum number of attendees for special events be raised from 150 to 200 and would provide for transportation to and from functions held.


Pine Knot is located at 711 Coles Rolling Road.

Notable events


  1. Daily Progress Historical and Industrial Magazine, 1906
  2. The Magazine of Albemarle County History, Vol. 51, 1993, Albemarle County Historical Society
  5. Web. Pine Knot looks to increase public role, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, May 13, 2012, retrieved December 1, 2022.
  6. Web. Pine Knot: Theodore Roosevelt’s Rustic Virginia Retreat, Patrick Robbins, Rural Virginian, Media General, retrieved 20 Dec. 2010.
  7. Web. President and Mrs. Roosevelt Enjoying Life at 'Pine Knot', Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, December 1, 1905, retrieved December 1, 2022. Print. December 1, 1905 page 1.
  8. Web. President Roosevelt in Albemarle for Christmas, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, December 23, 1905, retrieved December 25, 2016 from University of Virginia Library.

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