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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Memorial Day Weekend Swim the Warm Springs|
Saturday, May 25, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, May 26, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
Monday, May 27, 2013 10 AM to 4 PM
|Swim in the historic pools built by Franklin D. Roosevelt as a place for therapy. Normally kept empty for preservation, the shallow pools will be filled with naturally warm spring water. Tickets may be purchased over the phone with credit card. Limited to 80 per session. Reservations suggested. Ages 6 up.
Sessions: 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm & 2:30-4pm $20 adults; $12.50 ages 6 to 17; Family Package $80. 706-655-5870.|
Memorial Day Weekend Guided Tours|
Saturday & Sunday 1 PM - 4:30 PM from May 25, 2013 until May 26, 2013
|Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a guided tour of the Little White House. Join Brian Roslund, Historian and President of the Friends of Roosevelt's Little White House for 90-minute guided tours of the Memorial Museum, Grounds and Historic Site at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations Required. $15. 706-655-5870.|
Sunday Series: Springwood a Virtual Tour of FDR's New York Home|
Sunday, May 26, 2013 1 PM to 1:20 PM
|Take a photographic journey through FDR's family estate by former National Parks Ranger Ashley Aultman. Located in Hyde Park, New York, Springwood was the offical home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the time of his birth to his death. $6-$10. 706-655-5870.|
Rosie The Riveter|
Saturday, Jun 8, 2013 11 AM to 3 PM
|During the 1940's an unprecedented number of women responded to government encouragement to fill factory jobs left vacant by men during World War II. Join actress and teacher Carol Cain as she portrays these women collectively know as "Rosie the Riveter". $6-$10. 706-655-5870.|
Labor Day Weekend Swim the Warm Springs|
Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 12:30 PM to 2 PM
Monday, Sep 2, 2013 2:30 PM to 4 PM
|Swim in the historic pools built by Franklin D. Roosevelt as a place for therapy. Normally kept empty for preservation, the shallow pools will be filled with naturally warm spring water. Tickets may be purchased over the phone with credit card. Limited to 80 per session. Reservations suggested. Ages 6 up. Sessions: 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm & 2:30-4pm $20 adults; $12.50 ages 6 to 17; Family Package $80 706-655-5870.|
Labor Day Weekend Guided Tour|
Saturday & Sunday 1 PM - 4:30 PM from Aug 31, 2013 until Sep 1, 2013
|Celebrate Labor Day weekend with a guided tour of the Little White House. Join Brian Roslund, Historian and President of the Friends of Roosevelt's Little White House for 90-minute guided tours of the Memorial Museum, Grounds and Historic Site at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations Required. $15. 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.|