Step inside the place where presidents came to get away– where the world’s most powerful leaders found serenity and where the business of the United States was always in progress. For Harry S. Truman, this wooden two-story building was much more than a nice place to visit; it became his second home. Once inside you’ll begin to understand why. You’ll feel as if you’re an invited guest, coming to share a meal, listen to a great fishing story or hear about the important events impacting our country. The Little White House collection is largely the original furnishings used by Harry, Bess and Margaret Truman. Walk through the dining room where they enjoyed meals and visited with friends and family. Discover why John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Colin Powell visited and why the Little White House became a working Presidential Office where new policies and the Department of Defense came into being. Visit one of our country’s most significant historical sites and Florida’s only Presidential Museum.
1809: The U.S. Navy builds an 8,700 square foot home on the waterfront to house the base commander and paymaster.
1918: Edison called the Little White House home while conducting experiments and developing over 41 weapons for the U.S. Navy during World War I.
1946: From 1946-1952, Harry S. Truman used the house for 175 days as both a retreat and functioning White House. It was while at the Little White House that President Truman enacted a Civil Rights Executive Order.
1961: Officially, Kennedy met with the British Prime Minister concerning Laos. Yet the Bay of Pigs occurred 23 days later, leaving speculation as to the summit’s true purpose.
1987: The state of Florida recognized the Little White House as a state historic site, guaranteeing permanent protection for Florida’s only Presidential Museum.
1996: Just as Truman did before them, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter enjoyed a family gathering amongst the lush tropical setting and hospitality of the Little White House.
2001: As U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell hosted peace talks between the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
2005: While visiting the island, Senator Hillary and former President Bill Clinton stayed at the Little White House for a relaxing weekend.
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