Visiting Warm Springs Georgia
The History of Warm Springs
They flocked to the waters for health.......The warm mineral springs drew settlers to the area, and in 1832 when David Rose built the first "resort area" in Warm Springs, its popularity grew. Later in 1893, Charles Davis built the very Victorian 300-room Meriwether Inn. There was a dance pavilion, bowling alley, tennis court and trap shooting. From the nearly 90 degree springs flowing from the hillside of Pine Mountain, resort pools were constructed. It became "the place" for a summer retreat. But at the turn of the century, the resort and the town fell into a decline. It was the late former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who first gave national recognition to Warm Springs when, in 1924, he visited the town's naturally heated mineral springs as treatment for his polio related paralysis. Georgia State Parks recently refurbished the pools and, although they are now mostly empty, a touch pool still exists where visitors are welcome to feel the actual warm spring water and listen to information about its' history. The warm springs maintains a constant 88 degree temperature year round and flows at approximately 914 gallons per minute.
Today, the warmth of the springs is steeped right into the very personalities of the people who live here. Progressive, yet still tied to our traditions, we love to befriend each other and certainly our visitors, and we still take great pleasure in the Southern way of doing things-----cleanly, honestly, but with a mite slower pace!
Warm Springs Pools Complex
After he fell ill and suffered partial paralysis, young political hopeful Franklin Delano Roosevelt sought relief in the natural waters of Warm Springs. Today, his country retreat and the site of his death, the "Little White House," draws more than 100,000 visitors each year. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which manages the historic site, has renovated the pools Franklin bathed in and on occasion opens these pools for public use. The Warm Springs Foundation, which Franklin founded to assist polio patients, also still operates today and supports people who suffer crippling diseases and conditions.
Nestled into the wooded estate is a museum that tells the story of this great world leader. Exhibits include his 1938 Ford convertible equipped with hand controls, his “Fireside Chats” playing on a radio, the Great Depression, rural electrification and much more. A short film narrated by Walter Cronkite includes historic footage of the president visiting with neighbors and swimming in pools, as well as his funeral procession.
FDR Little White House
The Little White House, in the Warm Springs Historic District in Warm Springs, Georgia, was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal retreat. He first came to Warm Springs for polio treatment, and liked the area so much that, as Governor of New York, he had a home built on nearby Pine Mountain. The house was finished in 1932. Roosevelt kept the house after he became President, using it as a Presidential retrea
Biker Village Warm Springs, Georgia
For years motorcycle enthusiasts have traveled from around the country to enjoy the scenic setting of Warm Springs, but over the past decade the bikers have developed their own town within a town. Biker Village plays host to nearly 300 motorcycles on warm weekends. For over thirty years the bikers rode through Warm Springs as they explored the variety of mountain paths, country roads and covered bridges in the area. They enjoyed shopping and patronizing the local eateries but there was never a defined place for bikers to enjoy each other's company.
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