F.D. Roosevelt’s Little White House

The campground in F. D. Roosevelt State Park was a great home base to explore nearby Warm Springs, Georgia.

Franklin D. Roosevelt served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until 1945. He died at his home in Warm Springs, Georgia on April 12, 1945 after suffering a stroke while posing for a portrait.

FDR was born in New York and was diagnosed with polio in 1921. In 1924 he made his first visit to Warm Springs to receive physical therapy in the warm waters of the springs (88 degrees year round). He returned many times to Warm Springs to receive therapy and although it did help it did not cure his disease. The pools are no longer used for therapy. They are now part of a museum with displays about their history and how they were used to help polio patients.

These pictures show what the pools were like when FDR used them
These pictures show what the pools were like when FDR used them
Therapy pool in Warm Springs, GA
Therapy pool in Warm Springs, GA

He loved coming to Warm Springs and built a home overlooking the mountains just a short distance from the pools. A tour of The Little White House begins in the museum with many artifacts and interesting displays telling about the time he spent in Georgia.

FDR drove around Georgia in this car
FDR drove around Georgia in this car
FDR's carriage in Warm Springs
FDR’s carriage in Warm Springs

The Little White House was even smaller than I imagined. It had a tiny kitchen, living room, dining room, one bathroom and two small bedrooms. The best part of the home was the veranda overlooking the mountains. I was so busy enjoying the view I forgot to take a picture!

Around the house were Sentry Posts for Secret Service and Marines. Servants quarters and a guest house were also on the property. Everything in his home has been restored and everything is original to the house.

Dogwoods blooming at the Little White House
Dogwoods blooming at the Little White House
Marine Corps Sentry Post at Little White House
Marine Corps Sentry Post at Little White House
Servants Quarters and Guest House at The Little White House
Servants Quarters and Guest House at The Little White House
One of the many boats built by FDR while at the Little White House
One of the many boats built by FDR while at the Little White House
The Unfinished Portrait
“The Unfinished Portrait” – FDR had a stroke and died while having this portrait painted
Pink Dogwood blossoms on the grounds of the Little White House
Pink Dogwood blossoms on the grounds of the Little White House

One of his favorite spots to get away was Dowdell’s Knob. He even had a barbeque pit built there that is still on the property. There is bronze statue of him on a bench looking out at the view.

FDR enjoyed the view at Dowdell’s Knob
Dowdell's Knob with FDR's barbeque pit
Dowdell’s Knob with FDR’s barbeque pit

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