This wood house was originally intended as officers’ housing on the island’s naval base, but became famous as the Little White House when Harry S. Truman used it as a base of operations for several extended stays during his presidency. The house, now a museum, is dedicated to the history that took place here: Not just Truman, but Thomas Edison and presidents Taft, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter, and Clinton all spent time here, and several key summits took place here as well. As you walk through the house you’ll view all of the original furniture and historical elements—including Truman’s famous “The Buck Stops Here” desk sign—which have been maintained for generations. The beautiful tropical garden is surrounded by the original 1890 wrought-iron fence.

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Truman's Little White House

A living historic site, the Little White House served as naval officer’s housing, the president’s winter White House, and a retreat for current government officials, as well as a museum open to the public. Constructed in 1890, the home most famously served as Harry Truman’s private sanctuary from the stress of imminent war during his presidency. While touring the botanical gardens it’s easy to imagine Truman here facing the restoration of Europe, conflict in Palestine, civil rights unrest, and massive overhauls to the labor system after the Cold War.

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