Saturday, December 29, 2012

Little White House, GA

Well, we are staying one more day.  We had to move from our site to another one 10 sites down.  The day broke beautiful and sunny.  Once we were all set up again, it was off on our next tourist attraction.

We headed over to Warm Springs over back country roads that Bob just loves to drive on.  We came across Callaway Gardens!  I didn't realize it was also in this area.  Goodness, there is a lot to see around here. But on to Warm Springs.

FDR's Little White House, Warm Springs, Ga

Warm Springs is home to FDR's Little White House.  It was built while he was still Governor of New York back in 1932.  It was a small, very plain cottage, containing only 6 rooms, three of which were bedrooms.  There was also an entrance hall, kitchen, and living-dining room.  It was here that FDR died of a stroke on April 12, 1945 less than a month before the end of WWII.  He came here to partake of the warm springs, which were said to have curative powers in helping with his polio. 

Entrance Hall looking towards the butler's pantry

In everything we saw (read) and heard (movie), Roosevelt really was a President for the people from ALL walks of life.  Loved by all, he served an unprecedented 4 terms.

The table and chair in the living room where FDR did most of his work

It was a wonderful day.  The weather was just right, warm and sunny.  Being in the midst of Christmas break, we did not run into scores of school children or the hordes of summer crowds.  This is not a National Historic Site, but belongs to the state of Georgia.  There was so much to see here, that I cannot possibly show it all with photos, but I am so glad we went. 

FDR's bedroom
As you can see from the pictures above, the rooms were very plain; nothing fancy about this place.  Yet, statesmen and foreign dignitaries came here at FDR's request.  And the guest quarters were just as plain.  For a man who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he definitely was a very down to earth person.  


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