Truman Little White House

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The Harry S. Truman Little White House is nestled in the heart of Key West, Florida. As the winter White House for the 33rd President of the United States, this historic site holds a treasure trove of stories from President Truman's presidency and beyond. Come and uncover historical and political secrets buried here! 

What to Know:

Immerse yourself in political history with guided tours showcasing original furnishings and memorabilia from Truman's time. Six American Presidents, including Taft, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter, and Clinton, have graced this house with their presence. Political-themed gifts await at the gift shop, and don't miss the chance to explore the gardens, free for all visitors.

How to Get There:

Located at 111 Front Street in Key West, the Little White House is easily accessible by public transport or car. Limited street parking is available, but paid parking at the 201 Front Street Garage is just a short walk away. The best way to get there is by booking a guided tour of Key West which features other hotspots of the city as well! 

Best Time to Visit:

Open year-round, this museum and White House in Key West welcomes visitors in every season. However, it's wise to call ahead for any unexpected closures due to diplomatic events.

Highlights & Features:

- Historic Significance:

Built in 1890 as the first officer's quarters on the U.S. naval station, the house witnessed pivotal moments in American history, from the Spanish-American War to the Cold War era.

- Truman's Retreat:

Truman spent 175 days of his presidency here, shaping policies such as the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.

- Key Diplomatic Meetings:

The Key West Agreement, laying the groundwork for the Department of Defense, was forged within these walls in 1948.

- Presidential Retreat:

Experience the charm of Truman's winter retreat, where he entertained foreign dignitaries and cabinet members alike with fishing trips and poker games.

- Post-Presidential Legacy:

Beyond Truman's presidency, the Little White House continues to host notable figures such as General Eisenhower, President Kennedy, and even Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Step into the living room where Truman contemplated world affairs or explore the gardens where moments of respite were found amidst diplomatic responsibilities. Every corner of the Little White House tells a story of leadership, diplomacy, and the enduring legacy of one of America's most influential presidents.