President Truman used to refer to the White House as the "Great White Jail." On temporary leave from the Big House, Truman discovered the serenity of Key West and made his escape to what became known as the Little White House, which is open to the public for touring. The house is fully restored; the exhibits document Truman's time in the Keys. Tours run every 15 minutes and last between 45 and 50 minutes. For fans of all things Oval Office-related, there's a presidential gift shop on the premises.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Little White House has undergone a seven-year, research-intensive restoration that brings a new level of historical authenticity to the entire property.
During Harry S. Truman's 1945-1953 presidency, he spent 175 days at the Key West residence known worldwide as his Little White House. Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, the Little White House is to host the 2011 Truman Legacy Symposium recognizing the enduring influence of America's 33rd president.