Little White House

Guest house on left, Little White House in center, servants' quarters on right

Guest house on left, Little White House in center, servants’ quarters on right

I have edited out my political commentary on FDR and am just leaving photos I took of the Little White House in Warm Springs, GA today.

Roosevelt built the facilities so he could be near Warm Springs, where he swam and exercised in the 88 degree waters to treat his legs which had been paralyzed by polio. 

While having his portrait painted, he had a massive stroke and died in his Little White House at 63 years old. The unfinished portrait is displayed in one of the buildings in the memorial complex.

Inside the Little White House in Warm Springs, GA

The LWH dining room

The LWH dining room

I fell in love with the houses.  Oddly enough, I loved the servants’ quarters and the guest house best.  I could not get a photo of his secretary’s room because it is surrounded by glass and the reflections on the glass were too strong.

Eleanor's bedroom.  The extra bed was for a grandchild. When she brought more than one, they stayed in the guesthouse.

Eleanor’s bedroom. The extra bed was for a grandchild. When she brought more than one, they stayed in the guesthouse.

I took dozens of photos, but have tried to select photos of the Little White House that I thought you would most enjoy seeing.

After we finished the tour, it was back to LuBelle’s Ice Cream Parlor for another treat.  This time I chose the Birthday flavor.  It was vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate cake, icing and sprinkles.  Unfortunately, it was a little too sweet for my taste.  I think I’ll have a plain vanilla before we leave here!  🙂

FDR's bedroom

FDR’s bedroom

 

Butler's pantry

Butler’s pantry

 

The kitchen

The kitchen

 

 

Kitchen utility

Kitchen utility

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  1. MarciaGB

     /  May 13, 2014

    Thanks for the tour; very interesting. I have visited the Roosevelts’ summer home on Campobello Island and the furnishings and kitchen look very much the same. Typical of the era, I guess.

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    • Yes, I think it’s typical, Marcia. To me it looks like way too much furniture is crowded in way too little space. I think that’s why I liked the servants’ quarters and guesthouse best!

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  2. EmilyO

     /  May 13, 2014

    I visited there in 3/08 and I still remember the “final roll of toilet paper” – heaven knows why. It is a beautiful area and all the flowering trees/shrubs were so overwhelming – especially me having lived in an area of the country that does not abound in so many flowering trees/shrubs.

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    • Emily, it is beautiful. And the road we took is so picturesque and winding. They still have that final roll of toilet paper. It looks pretty pathetic now! 🙂

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  3. Nice pictures but I bet i would like the guest house and servants better too. will you post those next 🙂

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    • Jo, I hadn’t planned on it, but I might do it tomorrow since you are interested.

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  4. Glad you got to see it. I’d forgotten about the roll of toilet paper – I’ll have to go back soon! LOL.

    Enjoyed seeing his cars too. And all of the gifts people sent to Fala over the years.

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  5. Enjoyed your pictures. Must put this on our to do list! Funny that we have been to Campobello Island…in Canada… but have never since this little gem just down the road!

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    • I think that’s often the case, Lynne. When you are traveling, you make it a point to see the attractions. We have been at FDR twice before, but just made it to the Little White House… and mainly because I was looking for something cool to do to celebrate my birthday. 🙂

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