"Little White House" in Warm Springs,
Roosevelt first came to Warm Springs in 1924
hoping to find a cure for the polio that had
struck him in 1921.
the 88-degree mineral springs did not provide the
cure Roosevelt hoped for, they did provide
relief. Enough relief, in fact, that, in 1927,
Roosevelt bought the resort and a 1,700-acre farm
around it. In 1932 he had a small cottage built
nearby so he could take advantage of the springs
at will. It was the only home ever owned.
During the early years of his presidency,
Roosevelt developed many of his New Deal programs
at Warm Springs. The cottage also provided refuge
and peace for him during World War II. In fact,
he was such a frequent visitor to Warm Springs
that the cottage came to be known as the
"Little White House." It was while at
Warm Springs that Roosevelt suffered his fatal
stroke on April 12, 1945.
The resort Roosevelt bought still operates
today, as the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute
for Rehabilitation. His cottage is operated as a
State Historic State.
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