In 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt came to Meriwether County in Georgia just before he was inducted into the presidency. What was so important in this small county of Georgia that he felt he needed to do this before becoming President? He came to sit in the hot springs of Warm Springs hoping to find a cure for his bout with polio. Many believed, as did he, that the natural hot springs would indeed have a healing affect on the body. He loved the area so much, he built a home there before he was inducted as president in 1933.
The Little White House as it is called has been made into a State Park here in Georgia and has on average over 100,000 visitors a year. It is in the styling of architecture on a much smaller scale of the White House in Washington, D.C. On a special trip during the week of President’s Day, you can tour the facilities guided by local actors and actresses dressed up as FDR and his wife Eleanor. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and have dinner on the grounds.
If you are planning a visit to the area, you will want to check out the other attractions near the Little White House. Pine Mountain is only a short hop from here and offers camping, swimming, and horseback riding.
Wild Country Safari is located in Pine Mountain and offers a special trip through a safari type setting. You might want to take the guided tour though, because the giraffe have been known to stick their heads in your windows for a treat.
Calloway Gardens is located here, as well. At this garden you can stroll or bicycle through the garden paths. They have facilities for swimming, staying overnight, and weddings. Christmas is a very special time of year at Calloway Gardens. For a small fee per car load, you can drive through the winter wonderland of light during the season.
Accommodations in the area include the camping at Pine Mountain, some cabins, and a few hotels, but for true southern hospitality like FDR experienced you really have to check out the local Bed and Breakfast Inns in Greenville.
The Bulloch House is a must stop for a down home meal. This Victorian home has been transformed into a local hot spot for great home cooking. Pully-bone fried chicken and corn bread are a must have in the South.
So, if you are in the area or planning a visit, come on down to Warm Springs and spend the day. Learn a little history and browse the antique shops. It makes for a great weekend getaway.