Supported by a local Friends chapter, the Little White House is one of Georgia's most precious treasures. 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.
Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site
Special Story - Friends of Georgia State Parks Announces $500,000 Save America’s Treasures Grant
ATLANTA, Georgia, October 20, 2022 - Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites – a nonprofit organization supporting more than fifty state parks and historic sites across the state of Georgia through its network of local chapters, including the Friends of the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia – was awarded a $500,000 grant funded in part by the Save America’s Treasures grant program, through the Historic Preservation Fund, as administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior towards a multi-...