So here’s the back-story. We had been camping at F.D. Roosevelt State Park. You may remember from your American History class that Franklin D. Roosevelt suffered from polio and was a frequent visitor to Warm Springs, Georgia during his 4 terms as President. The warm springs felt good and offered him some relief from his debilitating disease. He visited so often that he had a house built in Warm Springs and it became known as The Little White House. Roosevelt also enjoyed picnicking on Pine Mountain at an overlook called Dowdell’s Knob.
Now that you have had a history refresher, let’s get back to the family picnic. We were riding around, looking at all the beautiful scenery. My husband wanted to show our kids Dowdell’s Knob. He had visited the site when he was growing up and he was looking forward to sharing this experience with our children.
As luck would have it, lunch time was approaching. So what did we do? We grabbed a bucket of chicken and headed up to Dowdell’s Knob to picnic where the 32nd President had once picnicked.
I think my favorite thing about Dowdell’s Knob is that although it is part of history, it is not a museum. A small statue of FDR is located there and you can see and touch the stone grill used to cook meals as he entertained friends on the mountain. But unlike a museum, you can actually experience this place.
And so we sat down at one of the picnic tables, passed around the chicken, oohed and aahhed over the view and created our own family history right there on the side of that mountain.
I’ll see ya around the campfire.
For more information about F.D.Roosevelt State Park and Dowdell’s Knob, visit http://www.gastateparks.org/FDRoosevelt