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Friday, November 08, 2013

FDR in Warm Springs, GA



After the Good Sam rally, we wanted to spend some more time in a GA state park.  I found one not too far from the rally site: FDR State Park.  I noticed that there was a nearby historic site called FDR Little White house.  Until seeing that on the map, I did not know anything about FDR's relationship with Georgia.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born into a wealthy family and became interested in politics at an early age.  While still a young man, he was stricken with what was thought to be polio.  One of the few things that seemed to help the pain was exercising in warm water.  He heard about the springs in GA and made his first visit in 1924.  He was so impressed with the area, he purchased the run down springs and 1700 acres in 1927.  The resort and springs would later become the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation. The institute and springs were eventually turned over to the state. The springs pool is now closed but can be visited as part of the historic site. The institute structure is currently being used for another purpose.






In 1932, after being elected as President of the United States, he had a six room Georgia pine house built along with a small house for the servants and another for guests.  It was dubbed "The Little White House" and immediately turned the town of Warm Springs into a major tourist attraction.  The town today still survives on its history with FDR.








The historic site has a great deal of FDR history in Georgia.  He came to the little white house sixteen times during his presidency, spending 2-3 weeks there at a time. He became involved in farming to show that with proper methods it could provide a profitable operation.  With his privileged upbringing, he was shocked at the living conditions of rural farming including a lack of electricity. This was a major factor in the start of the massive rural electrification program.

FDR's death has made the little white house a lasting historic site. The combination of FDR's history making tenure as president and the long struggle of WWII made his death on April 12, 1945 a major shock for the entire nation.  While sitting for a portrait by Elizabeth Shoumatoff , he suffered a stroke.  He died in his bed later that day.















The portrait was never completed.  The unfinished work hangs at the historic site along with a completed portrait that was completed by the artist over a year later.



This is another great historic site that we just stumbled across.  For this those interested in presidential history and FDR in particular, this is a must see place.

15 comments:

Judith Bell said...

If you visit there on Memorial Day or Labor Day, the mineral pools are filled and you can take an historic soak. That's what I did in May of 2012. :)

Gypsy said...

I've never been to the FDR site in Georgia, but the one in NY is wonderful. I have a lot of admiration for the Roosevelts, both Franklin and Eleanor.

Sherry said...

I've never been to the Georgia or the NY FDR site but I spent a lot of time at his summer home on Campobello Island in Nova Scotia. Tea with Eleanor thre is fantastic. I too have a great deal of admiration for both the Roosevelts and am going to put these sites, NY & GA, on my list of must sees. Thanks for the tour.

Karen and Al said...

We always meant to go there when we lived in south Georgia. One day....

where's weaver said...

I didn't know FDR had any connections with GA either. What a cute town Warm Springs is.

What a wonderful museum. Thanks so much for the neat tour.

Jim and Sandie said...

Another one of those treasures that is going on my list of must see. thanks for the great information.

Gail Houle said...

Looks like a wonderful place to see. Thanks for the fascinating history lesson.

Nan Talley said...

Thanks for the informative blog. I just pinned this location on my Pinterest board.

Mike and Terri said...

Will want to see this some day. Thanks for the tour.

Rick Doyle said...

Thanks for a great tour - wonderful photos of such an historic site.

FDR was certainly one of giants of the 20th century and a transformational U.S. President.

Luci & Loree said...

Just love small town, USA... Mom said they never even knew Roosevelt was in a wheel chair or used canes to walk... such was media in those days....

Sweet Meanderings said...

What a wonderful tour! If we get that way we will definitely have to visit.
Candy

Wanderin' said...

Interesting. It's too bad those mineral pools still aren't open for the public to use. What a treat that would be.

Peter + Beatrix said...

First off a commnet to "Sherri": Campobello island is not part of Nova Scotia, but New Brunswick. That is also the place where FDR had a much bigger residence - for the summer. Georgia became his place after he got polio on Campobello Island. Like also Warm Springs.GA Campobello has a lot of torism due to the Franklin D. Roosevelt International Park which is the only international park in the world.

Bob and Jo said...

Great tour, we have to add this to our list.