Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site Business Plan
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.
Notice: The McCarthy Cottage, which burned during 2011, is not part of Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site or F.D. Roosevelt State Park. It is nearby, at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation. You may have seen this historic home in the HBO special "Warm Springs," and we are all saddened to lose such a historic structure.
9AM-4:45PM daily. Last film begins at 4PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Historic Site Admission:
- $10.00 Adults
- $8.00 Seniors (62+)
- $6.00 Youth (6-17)
- $1.00 Child (under 6)
- Group rates available for 20 or more with advance notice. School groups are tax exempt and must present tax exempt form to admissions.
- Primary buildings are wheelchair accessible.
- Secondary buildings have entry steps. All walkways are hard surfaced.
Programs and Events:
Dates and times are subject to change. Please call to verify.
- Guided Tours of the Little White House
A 2 hour guided tour will be offered to groups of 15 to 20 people. The guided tour will include the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Museum, walk of the states, and the Little White House. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance. $15.00 per person. 706-655-5870.
- "Scavenger Hunts Through History" are available for both children and adults.
- Little White House
- FDR Memorial Museum & Video
- Historic Pools Museum
- Memorial Fountain
- Walk of Flags and Stones
- Guest Quarters and Servants' Quarters
- Legacy Exhibit with The "Unfinished Portrait"
- Large Picnic Area (onsite)
- Two Large Roadside Picnic Areas
- Bus Parking
2008 was the 75th Anniversary of the New Deal!
Note: Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Little White House Photography Contest|
Now until Monday, Sep 30, 2013 9 AM to 5 PM
|This summer's photography contest themes are: "The Little White House" and "FDR Did That". Show us how creative you can get with images taken in and around the Little White House. Next, take a photo of an FDR era (New Deal or WWII) landmark, building and/or park, anywhere in the world, and mail your 8"X10" images for public viewing and voting. Contest ends Sept 30. $6-$10. 706-655-5870.|
Winston Churchill: Recollections on the struggle for liberty|
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 11 AM to 2:30 PM
|Dr. Tom Wentland as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill will reflect on the scarifices of liberty, made by millions, to win a war against tyranny. Performances in the theater 11 am, 12pm, and 2 pm. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.|
Stamp Collecting and Activities for Kids|
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM
|Highlighting FDR as America’s Stamp Collecting President with “How to Collect Stamps” and activities for kids. Activities will include Scavenger hunts, coloring activities, and information about stamps. $6 -$10. 706-655-5870.|
The Honor Tree: A Photographic Tribute to our Nation’s Soldiers|
Friday, Dec 6, 2013 until Monday, Dec 30, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
|Guests are invited to adorn our three pine trees with photographs of those who have served, or are serving, our nation’s armed forces. These Honor Trees will be placed in the museum through Christmas. Bring 3"X5" copies, not originals because they cannot be returned. Include on the back any memorial message. Ribbons will be supplied. $6-$10. 706-655-5870.|
Pearl Harbor Remembered|
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM
|World War Veterans will be in the museum to meet with guest. Living History with Kellys Zeroes will take place in the museum and a re-enactment of the Declaration of War will be delivered by President Roosevelt. Operation Stars and Stripes will be collecting gift donations for troops serving in Afghanistan. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.|
Support Our Troops with Care Packages: OPERATION Heartfelt|
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 10 AM to 3 PM
|We are collecting care-package items with Operation Stars and Stripes for those soldiers who don't receive packages from home. Playing cards, sudoku and word search books, new or gently used CD's/DVD's, beef jerky, trail mix and powder drink mixes in individual servings are being sought. $7-$10. 706-655-5870.|
Reading of the Polar Express|
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10 AM to 2 PM
|Children can ride the Warm Springs Choo-Choo to Mustian Place where a real train conductor will read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Refreshments will be served along with a visit from Santa. Children will receive a reindeer bell as a gift. Train will depart from the Memorial Fountain at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. $8-$12. 706-655-5870.|