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.
Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site Business Plan
9AM-4:45PM daily. Last film begins at 4PM. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Historic Site Admission:
- $12.00 Adults
- $10.00 Seniors (62+)
- $7.00 Youth (6-17)
- $2.00 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. $20.00 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
Note: Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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69th Commemorative Ceremony for our President|
Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 11 AM to 12:30 PM
|We will pay tribute to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the anniversary of his death at the Little White House. This event includes a U.S. Marine Color Guard and guest speaker Nina Roosevelt Gibson. Free Admission until Noon. 706-655-5870.|
Minute-by-Minute, FDR's final hours on April 12, 1945|
Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 3 PM to 4:30 PM
|Join historian Brian Roslund, President of the Friends of FDR's Little White House, for a 90-minute guided tour, highlighting minute-by-minute accounts of the afternoon of April 12, 1945. It is recommended guests arrive at least 45 minutes before the tour to visit the memorial museum and view the historic site film. Reservations required. $20. 706-655-5870.|
3rd Annual Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt|
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 12:30 PM to 3 PM
|Bring your Easter basket and camera for a fun day set in the Little White House grounds. The 3-5 year old group will begin at 1:00 p.m. The 6-8 year old group will begin at 1:30 p.m. The 9-11 year old group will begin at 2:00 p.m. Following the Easter egg hunt, children can participate in an authentic Easter Egg Roll similar $10 - $14. 706-655-5870.|
Support Our Troops with Care Packages: OPERATION Heartfelt|
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 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. $10-$14. 706-655-5870.|
Rosie The Riveter|
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 11 AM to 3 PM
|During World War II, the women of the United States responded to government encouragement to fill factory jobs left vacant by men serving overseas. Join actress and teacher Carol Cain as she portrays these women collectively know as "Rosie the Riveter". Also, living history with President Roosevelt reading his D-Day prayer and Kellys Zeroes, a WWII $10 - $14. 706-655-5870.|