Tour the historic Harry S. Truman Little White House in Key West and learn about a fascinating period of American history. What was once a private compound on a U.S. Navy base is today open to the public as a museum. Listen to fascinating stories told by informative guides about the history of the house, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Learn what Thomas Edison and Dwight D. Eisenhower did during their stays, and, of course, about Harry Truman’s long love affair with this gem of a property.
Take a break from sun and sand in Key West to visit the Harry S. Truman Little White House, where Truman stayed for 175 days of his presidency. The historic house was built in the Key West harbor in 1890 to serve as housing for naval officers. The first president to stay in the house was William Taft in 1912; Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton also visited.Find out what happened here during the Spanish-American War and World War I. Thomas Edison lived in the house during the latter while he did research for the US Navy. Truman began visiting Key West in 1946, staying in the house during winters on a total of 11 visits, enough to earn the house the nickname Winter White House.Guided tours of the house start every 20 minutes, and knowledgeable guides will introduce you to Truman and the politics of his time. By the end of your visit, you’ll have an appreciation for this historic site and its colorful history.