Ginny's Adventures 2006 travel blog

Walkway behind museum on the way to buildings

Donation from each state and DC of native rock as a memorial...

Arizona donated petrified rock

Montana's donation was interesting

Minnesota had an interesting donation as well

Hawaii donated lava rock

New York donated Dolomite (huh?) from near FDR's birthplace

The museum was here from 1961 - 2004; it was someone's mansion...

The Little White House!

Servant's Quarters - garage on 1st floor

Guest House

FDR's living room - dark inside so pictures didn't come out well

FDR's Willys car

The Unfinished Portrait

The artist painted another picture to show what the finished portrait probably...

Now I know what an iron lung looks like! Ugh!

Pools and changing rooms

Center pool was for recreation - FDR invented these underwater chairs; water...

Picture of pool in operation - canvas separated sunbathing males and females!

Yesterday, I set up camp in Pine Mountain, GA and discovered that I was near the place where FDR came to relax and use the warm waters from the natural spring to help his polio symptoms. Again, I learned alot, since I didn't know about this place at all!

FDR was diagnosed with polio in 1921 and became paralyzed from the waist down. He was looking for someone or something that could cure this epidemic of the country, and heard someone say the warm springs in this area cured him of his muscular problems. So, in 1924 FDR came here and swam and exercised in the waters and loved it and the countryside. So, he bought the failing resort and nearby property. He built a simple cottage for himself and entourage and then built a place for others with polio to come and get some relief. He visited his Little White House 41 times since then. He was at this place when he passed away from a massive stroke suffered while posing for a portrait.

He had a vast range of interests that bode him well as President, because he learned about real people and their needs. He designed controls for his cars that would let him drive and have a sense of freedom. While in Warm Springs, he drove around the countryside and talked to the people who lived there. He saw poverty and from that developed ideas to help out the common man in some of his New Deal innovations - Rural Electrification Act, CCC, and a Resettlement Act that seems alot like the forbearer of Habitat For Humanity to me! I didn't know that he started the March of Dimes organization!

Since I am not on a schedule, I took my time to read almost every panel and look at all the displays. So, I spent a couple of hours at the museum and houses, then drove the couple of miles to where the pools were to see that small museum alongside the pool. I may go back another day to get a tour of the Roosevelt Institute which is in operation today, I think. While polio is no longer a threat, I should think the waters would be good therapy for other muscular ailments.

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