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Subject: Warm Springs Historic District, Warm Springs, Georgia, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor and Franklin, List of residences of Presidents of the United States
Collection: Biographical Museums in Georgia (U.S. State), Franklin D. Roosevelt, Historic District Contributing Properties in Georgia (U.S. State), Historic House Museums in Georgia (U.S. State), Houses Completed in 1932, Houses in Meriwether County, Georgia, Museums in Meriwether County, Georgia, Presidential Homes in the United States, Presidential Museums in Georgia (U.S. State), Protected Areas Established in 1948, Protected Areas of Meriwether County, Georgia, Roosevelt Family Residences, State Parks of Georgia (U.S. State)
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Little White House

Little White House
Location Georgia
Built 1932
Governing body State of Georgia
Part of Warm Springs Historic District (#74000694[1])
Designated CP July 30, 1974

The Little White House, in the Franklin D. Roosevelt.[2] He first came to Warm Springs for polio treatment, and liked the area so much that, as Governor of New York, he had a home built on nearby Pine Mountain. The house was finished in 1932. Roosevelt kept the house after he became President, using it as a Presidential retreat.

The Little White House was the site of President Roosevelt's death. The house was opened to the public as a museum in 1948. A major attraction of the museum is the portrait that artist Elizabeth Shoumatoff was painting of him when he died, now known as the "Unfinished Portrait." It hangs near a finished portrait that Shoumatoff completed later from sketches and memory.

Little White House Historic Site is operated by the

  • See Atlanta's replica of FDR's Little White House
  • Little White House Historic Site
  • Warm Springs
  • Front and North Elevations, the Little White House. From the Henry Johnson Toombs Papers at the Georgia Archives.

External links

  1. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^
  3. ^ Georgia State Parks - History
  4. ^ Warm Springs Historic District NRHP nomination form
  5. ^ "F. D. Roosevelt Ill of Poliomyelitis".  
  6. ^  
  7. ^ Walsh, Kenneth T. From Mount Vernon to Crawford (Hyperion, 2005) p.96,97
  8. ^ a b c d Warms Springs NRHP form
  9. ^ Walsh p.97-98
  10. ^ Walsh p.102-104
  11. ^ Georgia State Parks - Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site
  12. ^ Historic Home Frequented by FDR destroyed by fire
  13. ^ Fire destroys Warm Springs home built by FDR, Fran Jeffries, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 9, 2011


On August 9, 2011, the McCarthy Cottage and the E.T. Curtis Cottage next to the Little White House were destroyed in a fire. The cause is being investigated, but suspicion is being focused on lightning and thunderstorms that were in the area at the time.[12][13]

Today the Little White House is part of Georgia's state park system and is open to visitors; it has been preserved to look almost exactly as it did the day FDR died. Items on display at the facility, besides the Unfinished Portrait, include his customized 1938 Ford convertible and his stagecoach.[8][11]


Most of Roosevelt's property was willed to Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, which gained control of all the properties in 1948 except for the Georgia Wilkins Cottage, which Wilkins lived in until her 1959 death. Both John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Jimmy Carter in 1976 used the property for their campaigns to become president; Carter even launched his campaign there.[8]

His last trip to the Little White House was on March 30, 1945. He felt he did not achieve enough rest at his Hyde Park home. According to some observers at Warm Springs, Roosevelt looked "ghastly" and his usual cordial waves to the residents were weak. Unlike his previous visits, he avoided the swimming pool he used to comfort himself in previous trips. On April 12, 1945, FDR was sitting for a portrait at the Little White House when he suffered a stroke. Roosevelt died two hours later of cerebral hemorrhage.[10]

World War II did affect Roosevelt's time at the Little White House. The only year he did not go to the Little White House was 1942, as he was preoccupied by the beginnings of US involvement in World War II. It is believed that he vacationed as much as he did in 1943-1945 at the Little White House because his real love for vacations, sailing on the Atlantic, was too dangerous to do during wartime, even if it was just on inland waterways like the Chesapeake Bay or the Potomac River. One major change was that soldiers from Fort Benning were stationed at the Little White House to patrol the woods surrounding the farm.[9]

[8] Roosevelt would use the Little White House as a base to replace Georgia politicians who refused to follow his policies. This was most notable in 1938 when Roosevelt tried and failed to have

[8] The Little White House is a six-room

Floor plan

[7] In 1921 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, aged 39, was diagnosed with

[4][3] Residents of Georgia, particularly


  • History 1
  • Current 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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