Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Roosevelt's Little White House in Warm Springs

Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Warm Springs for it's curative powers with the problems of polio. In doing so, he had a small home built which was renamed the Little White House. The locals were thrilled to have someone of Roosevelt's stature and would tell stories about who built parts, worked in areas, etc.

GENERAL VIEW - Roosevelt's Little White House, Georgia Highway 85-W, Warm Springs, Meriwether County, GA HABS GA,100-WASP,1-1  The site today is popular for tourists and school groups to visit. Nearby Warm Springs has a main street of fun shops to visit and good places to eat. Many people like to extend their visit to the town of Franklin.

My favorite memory of Warm Springs is going with school groups to tour the site. One year in the early eighties, a school group decided to shoplift the gift store. Instead of finding itself on the 24-hour news cycle with a what is the world coming to, the teachers had the kids to one by one return the merchandise or pay for what they took.

 It was embarrassing for the school. Anyone who works with children understands that they can do some pretty obnoxious things and have that group mentality take over where they think it is OK. I know a lot of parents were contacted.

As a retired teacher, I know that most parents and children are cooperative and easy to work with.  We get caught up in the sensational news we hear and forget that most people are decent.

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  1. Sometimes all it takes is one to lead and the rest of the kids follow. But yeah, most times they are decent

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    1. True, in 8th grade, all the girls would be in love with one particular boy. The joke was that all the boys were too. Talk about alpha male. lol

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  2. Kids! They really do things without thinking. That was a big one though.

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    1. The gift shop was understanding. Those kids did not know how lucky they were. I have a feeling it wasn't the first time it happened.

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  3. Sounds like another lovely place to visit. Too bad those kids had to misbehave. They probably assumed there's safety in numbers and they wouldn't get caught. I think the teachers handled it well.

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