This was my first visit to Warm Springs, GA and to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Little White House. It was a very interesting tour, and I learned a lot about that period of history.
Inside the museum is a life-size model of FDR in a wheelchair.
His paralysis was caused by polio which he contracted in 1922 at about 40 years of age. He first came to Warm Springs in hopes of finding a cure in the warm mineral water. Not many pictures show FDR in a wheelchair or appearing to be handicapped in any way. He was always able to exude power, charisma, and confidence to those around him.
This display was twice as big as the photo shows and shows all the various carved canes he received as gifts.
FDR's 1938 Ford was custom made for him with hand controls at the Georgia prison factory. This was the last car he drove at Warm Springs.
Although the springs did not bring the cure he hoped for, the exercise did relax and tone his muscles. He created a foundation to bring other polio victims here for the therapeutic benefits.
About the treatment Center at Warm Springs.
The circa 1800 stagecoach, "Tally-Ho" was acquired by FDR when he purchased the Meriwether Inn Resort to establish his treatment center for polio patients. It was used by Foundation staff and patients in parades in Warm Springs through the years.
FDR became president at the height of the Great Depression. He communicated his plans and confidence for recovery in a series of Fireside Chats via radio. Many of these were recorded at the Little White House in Warm Springs.
One of FDR's New Deal agencies was based on his getting to know his Georgia neighbors, and observing the need for electricity in rural farms.
The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor brought us into World War II, and another crisis in FDR's presidency. His leadership also brought the country together and lifted us out of the Depression.
These small Bibles with a personal message from FDR were handed out to soldiers going to war.
The Little White House is also where FDR died after suffering a stroke while sitting for a portrait. The unfinished portrait is on display here as well as a later portrait that the artist finished to show what she thought it would have looked like had he lived.
Walking toward the Little White House. The two buildings in the foreground are a guest house on the left and servant's quarters on the right with a garage underneath.
My RVing friend, Brenda, in front of the Little White House.
A plaque outside.
We enter through the kitchen. This icebox was kept on the small porch outside the kitchen.
The pantry. Notice the note written beside the doorframe at left. FDR's cook wrote that note in pencil (above the white sign) on the day FDR died. It has been preserved like the rest of the house as it appeared that day.
There's a roll of paper towels above the sink, hanging from a coat hanger.
Wishbones hanging on the kitchen wall have been preserved as well.
The dish cupboard.
The living room chair where FDR sat for his portrait. It is where he collapsed from a cerebral hemorrhage.
The other side of the room was the dining area. Notice the easel on the right.
You pass through the Legacy building on your way out. It is where the Unfinished Portrait is now on display.
FDR's last day.
The "Finished Portrait" was painted to honor the 25th anniversary of FDR's death.
FDR was carried to the adjoining bedroom after his collapse. He later died in this bed.
Notice that FDR died at 3:35 Central War Time. "In 1942, at the height of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-round Daylight Saving Time in the United States. Referred to as “War Time”, DST was in force continuously from February 9, 1942 to September 30, 1945.
Notes FDR made to a speech he was working on his last day. Still good advice today.
The Pine Mountain Valley Project was one of FDR's effort to resettle city welfare recipients back to the country where they could become self sufficient again. I like that it was not a gift/welfare, but a loan to be repaid.
My campground (FDR State Park) was on Pine Mountain. It was one of FDR's favorite getaway spots when he was in Georgia.
He was instrumental in having the road built over the mountain and picnic areas built.
Dowdell's Knob was one of FDR's favorite spots.
He would drive up here and have his staff remove one of the car seats for him to sit on.
This was his view of the valley. I'm sure it is here that he conceived his resettlement plan.
Some of the farm houses built as part of that plan are still lived in today.
I was honored to sit beside him and admire the same view he enjoyed.