Roosevelt Historian will Offer Guided Tours at FDR’s Little White House in Warm Springs, GA
Feb 7, 2014
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Robin W. Glass, Manager, Roosevelt’s Little White House State Historic Site
Roosevelt Historian will Offer Guided Tours at FDR’s Little White House
Historian Brian Roslund will conduct guided tours of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidential retreat to celebrate Presidents Day weekend.
Georgia’s Little White House is a perfect getaway for Presidents Day.
Warm Springs, GA (February 7, 2014) – Nestled on the northern slope of Georgia's Pine Mountain is the world-famous retreat of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Little White House has hosted millions of visitors.
It was the naturally-heated mineral waters that gushed from the base of Pine Mountain -rising over 1,000 feet above sea level- that first drew FDR to Warm Springs.
Roosevelt, who was stricken with infantile paralysis (polio) at age 39, came seeking treatment in the mineral waters.
According to Brian Roslund, President of the Friends of Roosevelt's Little White House, "Swimming in the warm springs gave Roosevelt the inner strength to re-enter politics, running for the Governorship of New York and later the Presidency."
"It was here Roosevelt invested two-thirds of his personal fortune to establish the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation. Funding would later come from the March of Dimes that provided the money for research and polio treatment across the nation." Roslund said.
Today, Roosevelt's Little White House is Georgia's most visited State Historic Site. A visit to the Little White House is perfect for all ages. Families, history buffs, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and particularly students.
The historic site offers an 11,000 square foot memorial museum which houses a theatre, hundreds of artifacts, and the President's 1938 Ford convertible.
Outside the museum visitors see the "Walk of States." Dedicated in 1959, the walkway includes a unique stone and flag from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The original guard shacks that housed the Secret Service and Marines responsible for protecting the President remain. There's also the servants quarters and guest cottage which are open to the public.
The home itself is a modest cottage. Eight rooms, maintained exactly as it appeared on the Presidents final visit in April of 1945. The Legacy Exhibit houses the "Unfinished Portrait." A watercolor which was being painted as the President collapsed at Little White House on April 12, 1945. He died a short while later.
Admission also includes the historic pools museum. Visitors can see where FDR and polio patients received their warm water therapy.
Roslund, a resident of Pine Mountain, GA says, "Every day is Presidents Day at the Little White House. We celebrate the life and legacy of our nation’s longest-serving President. Not only is a visit educational, it's also fun. It was from FDR's experiences in rural Georgia that we got the New Deal and conquered polio."
Roslund will provide two guided tours of the historic site that last approximately 90-minutes which includes the museum, grounds and home on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1 P.M. and 3 P.M. EST. Cost is $20 per person; reservations are required and can be made by calling (706) 655-5870.
Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site, located in Warm Springs, Georgia is operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and open 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. EST daily. For more information visit; www.gastateparks.org/littlewhitehouse.