The Harry S. Truman Little White House is a national historic landmark and contains furniture and artifacts used by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Carter. Being able to dine where presidents dined is a unique experience, and in consideration for the site, there are specific protocols that must be followed for events held at the site.
The house was built in 1890. As a historic site our mission is to preserve it so it will last for many generations to come. The museum is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Therefore, most events are planned between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Early closing of the museum can be arranged with a surcharge. Surcharge amount varies.
Out of respect for the integrity of the site and our residential neighbors, events can only occur between 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The catering breakdown must be completed in a professional manner by 11:00 p.m. All damages will be billed to the lessee. Any extraordinary set-up, break-down or clean up time will be billed to the lessee at an additional hourly rate of $75.00.
To rent either the house or gardens a rental contract is required. A deposit of $100.00 will hold your selected date. This deposit is refundable up to 90 days prior to your event. The balance is due 30 days before your event.
Payment may be made by check, money order, or credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover Credit Cards. Failure to make these payments may result in your selected date being released to another party. Local hotels, with prior approval, may use their regular credit accounts with us. All rental fees are subject to the applicable Florida Sales Tax (7.5%)
Inside The House
- The State of Florida has requested no red wine due to the danger of damage to our carpets and furnishings.
- Only plated dinners may be served in the house. No guest may carry food or drinks through the house.
- Smoking is never permitted inside the house.
- All food and trash from all events must be removed by the caterers. Dish-washing and food preparation must occur elsewhere.
Parking & Transportation
Parking in Truman Annex is prohibited. The nearest paid parking is at the Westin Resort, 245 Front Street (about 500 feet) or on Whitehead Street. Trains and Trolleys can bring groups nearby and the guests enter either through the Presidential Gate (across from Kelly’s Caribbean Restaurant) or the Front Street gate (beside the Westin Resort). Trains and Trolleys can be arranged by calling Historic Tours of America, Inc. at 305.293.8718.
Amplified music is permitted for lawn events, but must be in compliance with the city of Key West Noise Ordinance. The Little White House is a part of a gated residential community. The intimacy that this creates is a trade off for these noise restrictions. Excessive noise levels can ruin a great party for everyone. Bands and DJs may be asked to lower the volume on amplified music by our Special Events Coordinator. It is the responsibility of the lessee to ensure sound levels and times are met by musicians, bands and DJs and guests. All music must cease by 9:50 p.m.
Guests must leave by 10:00 p.m. security guards are provided until 10:00pm. There are no exceptions to this rule.