Sagamore Hill superintendent to leave post
Thomas Ross, who has been superintendent of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site since 2007 and is credited with overseeing progress in the park's infrastructure, has been promoted to manage two National Park Service sites in New Jersey.
Ross, 43, who has also been serving as acting deputy superintendent at newly reopened Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York City since last month, will take over at Thomas Edison and Morristown National Historical Parks Sept. 8.
"I'm really excited about the challenges that go along with these two great parks that are fantastic resources associated with two amazing individuals who are important figures in American history," Ross said.
Park service Northeast Regional Director Dennis Reidenbach praised Ross for "strong and consistent experience with community engagement and successful partnerships."
He credited Ross with overseeing tremendous progress, including repaving roads, preserving collections and historic building rehabilitation. Ross has been in charge while Theodore Roosevelt's Cove Neck mansion was closed in late 2011 and emptied for a $7.2 million rehabilitation project that will last at least until late 2014.
"We have rehabilitated the cultural landscape and spent a good deal of time bringing back some of the historic farm fields and replanted the orchard, restoring the exteriors of a number of buildings, including virtually all of the historic farm buildings over the last 5 1/2 years," Ross said.
Philip Blocklyn, executive director of the Oyster Bay Historical Society, said, "he was very effective in linking Sagamore Hill with the other historical agencies here in Oyster Bay so when people visited they didn't just come to Sagamore Hill and they had a chance to learn a little bit about how Roosevelt considered this his hometown."
Ross began with the park service in 2000 at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in Massachusetts. He came to Sagamore Hill after serving as deputy director and acting executive director of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Woonsocket, R.I.