Pine Knot, the rustic retreat of Edith and President Theodore Roosevelt and their family during his presidency is nestled deep in the quiet woods of southern Albemarle County, 15 miles south of Charlottesville, VA. Edith purchased Pine Knot in 1905 as a place for "rest and repairs"; a small cottage being built for a farm worker with no electricity, plumbing, heat or interior finish, which she left unchanged, as it is still. Described as "quite the most unpretentious habitation ever owned by a president of the United States," Pine Knot uniquely exhibits the character and principles of the Roosevelts.
The property is stewarded by the Edith and Theodore Roosevelt Pine Knot Foundation, a small locally based Virginia non-profit whose Board of Directors, docents and much of its maintenance is all volunteer. The site, which is listed on the Virginia and National registers of historic places, includes 6 nature trails on its more than 90 acres. Nearly all of the operating funds needed to preserve and protect the property are derived from visitors, nature walks, tours and annual events. Due to COVID-19, the Foundation has been forced to cease visitations, from which it receives substantial public support. Funds are being raised primarily to refurbish the property fence and gate, to fund the protective procedures needed for its reopening of the site and to preserve this unique piece of national history.