Pine Knot was the country retreat of Theodore and Edith Roosevelt and their children from 1905 to 1908 during his term as President as a rural retreat from the fast-paced environment of Washington, D.C.
Pine Knot was a sanctuary for the Roosevelt family where they could hike, observe birds and wildlife, hunt, ride and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The building had no plumbing, toilet, heat, or electricity or other facilities for the family, with a minimum of rustic comfortable furniture.
In 1911, Edith purchased an additional 75 acres of land, intending to return to the retreat when Roosevelt ran for President again. Roosevelt lost the presidency in 1912 running as a candidate of the Bull Moose Party. After his visit in May, 1908, he did not visit there again before his death in 1919.