The Little White House was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personal retreat located in Western Georgia in a town called Warm Springs. Warm Springs is located only an hour from Atlanta, making it a great spot for a day trip. Roosevelt originally came to the vacation town searching for a way to cure the effects of polio on his body. Supposedly, soaking in the area’s natural hot springs would give feeling back to his paralyzed legs. Roosevelt did have success and alleviation of symptoms after visiting the springs, so he built a house there that came to be known as the Little White House.
Roosevelt visited Warm Springs fairly often before and during his Presidency. His wife Eleanor often accompanied him on these visits. Roosevelt actually died at the Little White House while sitting for a portrait, during which he suffered a stroke. It is rumored that Roosevelt’s mistress was with him at Warm Springs at the time of his death. Whether or not this is true, the home is a must see for Roosevelt enthusiasts. Visitors can tour the home and see some of Roosevelt’s personal effects, including his car. The unfinished portrait he was sitting for on the day of his death sits on display, and the house is arranged to appear as it did on that day.
Open everyday from 9 am to 4:45 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Years.