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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.



Reviews

Andrea Shiley

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Friday, July 6, 2018
A very nice little museum. The Little White House itself seems like it has been preserved pretty well. The museum is nice and offers a lot of information about FDR and offers lots of artifacts from his life. All of the staff seemed very knowledgeable about FDR and excited to share about him.

Ben Campbell

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
This is a wonderful, historic site. There are many artifacts, stories, FDR's Georgia Retreat house, and a decent movie. This is a great place to spend a few hours learning about the beginnings of our national and state parks systems, social programs, etc. There is also a unique collection of large donated stones from each state. Really, a great way to learn, while enjoying the stories.

Wayne Massey

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Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Really like the improvements to the park. Was there a few years back and enjoyed it, but now it is very nice sense they added the museum. The way they cater to the handicap with electric scooters is very nice.

Lilia Oakey Whitehouse

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Friday, June 29, 2018
A fantastic experience with the kindest staff. Definitely ask the staff their favorite details. I learned more from them than from the signage because the house itself is packed with so many minute and personal memorabilia. I didn’t know how little I knew about FDR until I visited this place. The grounds itself are beautiful and there are a few stretches of areas where you can just walk and enjoy the scenery.

William Gruendler

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
Every American who loves his country should at some point in his life visit this shrine to one of the great figures of the 20th Century. I waited until I was 67. Plan to go sooner than I did, and take someone you love. Local folks fill you in on incredible details of FDR's involvement and investments in rural Georgia. Be sure to dine at the local eatery too!

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