Located in the small town of Warm Springs is the personal retreat of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Little White House.
FDR first came to Warm Springs in 1924 hoping to find a cure for the polio that had struck him in 1921, and quickly fell in love with the area. In 1932, he built the white clapboard house before being inaugurated as president in 1933.
Little White House is a modest six-room, one-story cottage with a large sundeck on the back of the house. In addition to the main house, there is also a servants quarters and a guest house. The whole environment is staged precisely as it was on April 12, 1945, when FDR passed away while sitting for a portrait.
In addition to the house, there is a Memorial Museum that has exhibits dedicated to FDR’s presidency and his life in Warm Springs. The exhibits include his 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls and the famous “Unfinished Portrait” by Elizabeth Shoumatoff.
“I owe my life to my hobbies, especially stamp collecting.” // FDR
Upon finishing your time at Little White House, head down the street to see the Historic Pools Museum for which the town was named. The museum discusses the resort that was there and how it changed over the years, as well as the role the springs played for with those with polio.