Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site
Franklin Delano Roosevelt built the Little White House in 1932 while governor of New York, prior to being inaugurated as president in 1933. He first came to Warm Springs in 1924 hoping to find a cure for the infantile paralysis (polio) that had struck him in 1921. Swimming in the 88-degree, buoyant spring waters brought him no miracle cure, but it did bring improvement. During FDR’s presidency and the Great Depression, he developed many New Deal Programs (such as the Rural Electrification Administration) based upon his experiences in this small town.
While posing for a portrait on April 12, 1945, FDR suffered a stroke and died a short while later. Today, the “Unfinished Portrait” is featured in a museum that showcases many exhibits, including FDR’s 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls, his Fireside Chats playing over a 1930s radio, his stagecoach and a theater. Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it, the servants and guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs. Selected as a "Readers Choice" site in Georgia Magazine four years in a row.
A pretty nice stop. It's interesting to see FDR's home away from home. The visitor's center has a quick 15 minute movie and a room that has Roosevelt family and New Deal information. The actual house is a couple hundred yard walk away and has a separate servants quarter you can visit too. The Little White House itself was surprisingly small, living up to its name. They have the old furniture in there to keep it preserved. If you look at the glass door you can see where their dog scratched it up.
The house itself is even smaller than you might have imagined, but it is only part of a more complex site, including a wonderful museum, grounds including the Marine and Secret Service outposts as they were when FDR visited, and access to the nearby and recovered warm springs pools where Roosevelt enjoyed the "healing" waters. It is fascinating and well worth the drive and price of admission. You can walk right through the house and see all of the furnishings, linens, and supplies in place just as they were during FDR's visits right up to when he died there in the bedroom. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in visiting sites of historical interest and political relevance.
Wow what a wonderful step back into history. Definitely worth a day trip. You get to see where Franklin Delano Roosevelt got to come rest from his national worries, the bed he slept (and passed away) in! All the wonderful historical documents and items. Amazing. Small fee for entry, and they give military discount!
An interesting museum at a reasonable price. Some level of history revision to paint FDR in a little more positive light, but not egregious. Nice artifacts from the era. Interesting stories of a man committed to his adopted community. The house itself speaks to a level of modesty not seem in politics today. Definitely worth a visit.
A beautiful place, worth seeing. Lots of good details about FDR's life and death. Takes 2 or 3 hrs to see everything. You can take photos of every thing but no flash. Still got good pictures