Monday, March 15, 2010

FDR's Little White House

We got to spend the afternoon today with our RVing friends, Mike and Gerri.  We first met this fine couple early in January while we were at Rainbow Plantation in Summerdale, Alabama.  We were glad for the opportunity to get together with them again.

Mike suggested we meet for lunch at The Bulloch House in Warm Springs.  This historic home was built in 1893 by Benjamin Bulloch.  Mr. Bulloch was the co-founder of Bullochville, what we now know as Warm Springs.  At Bulloch’s you can gorge yourself at the buffet or order off the menu.  We all decided to order from the menu.  For me, it was plenty of food.
The Little White House

Living Room

After our lunch, we drove around the corner to the small cottage where President Franklin Roosevelt died in 1945.  FDR originally came to Warm Springs in 1924 to swim in the warm pools of spring water in an effort to find some relief from polio.  He liked the area so well, he had a small vacation cottage built.  During his presidency, this simple white clapboard cottage became known as the “little white house”.

The cottage is much the same as it was in 1924 when Roosevelt died.  The cottage, as well as the servants’ quarters and guest house are open to the public.  There is also a very nice museum containing several artifacts from the president’s life.  We finished our tour by walking through the two rows of flags, one from each of the 50 states.

Walk of Flags

We like to see a bit of the area when we are on our way to a particular destination.  Today, we took the “scenic” route and passed through Manchester, Woodland, Talbotton, Fort Valley, Roberta, Yatesville, Pleasant Hill, Roland, and Thomaston.  Oh, and I mustn’t forget--Po Biddy Crossroads.  Most are tiny villages along the railroad line whose hay day is long past.

It was a long day and we are both tired this evening, but were not in the least disappointed with our day.  We almost always ask each other, “what was you favorite part of today?”  Our answers were the same today--spending the afternoon with friends.  Thanks, Mike and Gerri.  Hopefully, our paths will cross again soon.

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