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The Little White House house is a living museum that has been impeccably restored and is a sight to behold during the holidays. It's decorated exactly as it was in World War II right down to the... Read More
The Little White House house is a living museum that has been impeccably restored and is a sight to behold during the holidays. It's decorated exactly as it was in World War II right down to the Christmas tree lights and their collection of 1940s and 1950s ornaments. Presidential Christmas Cards are showcased throughout. Key West has served as a presidential retreat since 1880 when Ulysses S. Grant visited the island. This house belonged to Harry Truman and his wife Bess. Truman reportedly despised living in Washington and viewed this as his sanctuary. He spent 175 days of his presidency here from 1946 through 1952, a stressful time where he faced post-World War II reconstruction and the beginning of the Cold War. High-ranking officials met with Truman here to discuss significant legislation such as the Marshall Plan and his fifth Civil Rights Executive Order.
111 Front Street
Key West, FL 33036
- Daily 9am-4:30pm
- Adult $15; Senior $13; Child (5-12) $5
- Holiday Attractions: "Looking for the perfect gift for a history buff? Pick up one their White House Collector ornaments, custom designed to honor this state heritage landmark."
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Check out the Presidential Gates at the intersection of Whitehead and Caroline Streets, which only open for dignitaries like Presidents Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy."
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: The Little White House is decorated for the holidays using their collection of 1940s and 1950s ornaments and Presidential Christmas cards.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: An important piece of national history, this living museum was President Truman's sanctuary and has been painstakingly restored down to the upholstery fabric.