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Key West Truman Little White House


1 hour
Easy Activity
Likely To Sell Out
Mobile Ticket

Overview

Visit the historic original 1890 Key West Naval station officers’ quarters that 33rd U. S. President Harry S. Truman later used as a Winter White House.

Highlights

  • Visit the stately home that has housed many distinguished visitors to Key West.
  • Learn the history and events of President Harry S. Truman’s 11 Key West visits.
  • See the rooms where Truman met and played poker with world leaders.
  • Hear stories of the important meetings that the building has hosted over the years.
  • Enjoy fascinating stories told by historian guides at the Little White House.

Description

The Harry S. Truman Little White House at 111 Front Street on the western shore of Key West is one of the island’s most popular historical sites. History buffs and anyone who enjoys classic wooden home architecture will enjoy a visit to the site that was President Truman’s home and headquarters during his eleven visits to Key West between November 1946 and March of 1952.

The Truman Little White House was originally a waterfront building when it was constructed in 1890 as the first officer's quarters on the Key West Naval Station. It was a wooden duplex that contained Quarters A for the base commandant and Quarters B for the paymaster. In 1911, the home was converted into a single-family dwelling to house the base commandant. Additional land was filled in front of the house, and eventually a new building blocked the waterfront view.

Shortly after the end of WWII, in November 1946, President Truman had completed 19 months in office and was physically exhausted by the stress of the major world events taking place at the time. When his doctor ordered a warm vacation, Truman headed for Key West. Enjoying his stay on the island, Truman promised to return and did so in March 1947. This set a pattern for additional November–December and February–March visits for the following years while he was in office.

The house has been host to many other distinguished guests as well. Thomas Edison resided there during World War I while working on weapons technology research for the U.S. Navy. James Forrestal met there with General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1948 to plan the creation of the Department of Defense. Many other presidents and foreign dignitaries have also spent time in the Little White House.

Tour the Little White House and enjoy restored interior décor and period furnishings as well as displays of historical artifacts and records. The [PRODUCT] is the perfect way to get a deeper feel for Key West’s important role in U.S. history and the many significant events that have taken place on the island.

Schedule

  • Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
  • Book Your Package On-Line
  • Get Your Confirmation
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including address, Google map, and parking information - will be included in your final confirmation email.

What's Included

Includes

Visit the stately home that has housed many distinguished visitors to Key West.
See the rooms where Truman met and played poker with world leaders.
Enjoy fascinating stories told by historian guides at the Little White House.

Excludes

Gratuities (Optional)

What To Bring

  • Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
  • Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
  • A Smile!

Additional Info

Likely To Sell Out

Spaces are extremely limited this time of year so book early to ensure the date you want.

Voucher Confirmation Info

This tour accepts both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

Local Operator Information

Complete operator information, including local telephone number, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weather cancellation policy?

If the Key West Truman Little White House must be canceled due to bad weather, and you cannot go on another day, you will be issued a full refund by Cool Destinations.

Where is the meeting point for this activity?

Detailed check-in instructions – including meeting point address, Google map, and parking information – for Key West Truman Little White House will be included in your final confirmation email from Cool Destinations. Please be sure to double and triple check your email address is correct at checkout so this important email makes it way to you!

Where can I park my car?

Detailed parking instructions for Key West Truman Little White House will be included in your confirmation email.

What do I need to show at check-in?

Cool Destinations activities accept both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

I am unable to locate the check-in. What should I do?

If you arrive for your activity start point and you are unable to locate the check-in location, we first recommend calling the local contact phone number found on your confirmation email. If you are unable to reach the local contact, we will be more than happy to help you out.

Can I book this activity when I get there?

Cool Destinations activities can only be booked online. It is recommended you pre-book your travel service to avoid disappointment as many of our tours and products are popular and can be sold out early. Therefore, visitors are encouraged to pre-book to ensure a satisfying, worry-free vacation.

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Are gratuities (tip) included in the price?

No. On most Cool Destinations tours and activities with guides, mates, captains, and assistance, tips are not included. Our general recommendation is 18-20% when you enjoy a quality service experience.

Can I book an activity and leave it open dated?

The majority of travel services provided by Cool Destinations must have a pre-booked date designated in order for the activity to cater for passengers. Exceptions to this are attraction passes, hop on/hop off buses and trolley tours.

When do I need to arrive for check-in?

Unless otherwise noted, please arrive for check-in 30 minutes before your Key West Truman Little White House begins. The exact start time may be based on your chosen options and will be noted on the confirmation you receive after booking.

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