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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

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Address: 300 N Bond St, Plains, GA 31780-5562
Phone Number: +1 229-824-4104
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Few U.S. Presidents have had such close ties with where they were born and...

Few U.S. Presidents have had such close ties with where they were born and raised. The rural southern culture of Plains, Georgia, that revolves around farming, church, and school had a large influence in molding the character and in shaping the political policies of the 39th President of the United States. The site includes President Carter's residence, boyhood farm, school, and the railroad depot, which served as his campaign headquarters during the 1976 election. The Plains High School serves as the park's museum and visitor center. The Jimmy Carter National Preservation District includes part of the town of Plains and its environs. The area surrounding the residence is under the protection of the Secret Service and the home is not open to the public. The Carters returned to Plains in January 1981. The former President and First Lady pursue many of the goals of the administration through The Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, which has programs to alleviate human suffering and to promote human rights and world peace. When they are in Plains, Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church to which the public is invited. The Carters' ties to Plains have endured the stresses of public life, remaining as strong as they were decades ago.

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a great learning experience

After visiting the historic sites I came away with a very different view of President Carter. The site is actual three different location, the visitor center in the Plains High... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting the historic sites I came away with a very different view of President Carter. The site is actual three different location, the visitor center in the Plains High School which also doubles as a museum, the train depot were we launched his campaign and his boyhood home. The museum chronicles both his and Rosalyn's life's, marriage, political life... More 

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Savannah, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Exploring Plains takes more than an hour. Nearly the entire town is the Historic Site. The museums are in Plains High School and the Train Depot. There is the church as well, but I need to visit it the next time I'm in town. Since Carter was a contemporary of my late grandmother, visiting Plains gave me an idea of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Museum is a very personal look at the Carter's and their lives as public servants. It also offers a glimpse into the city of Plains, GA and Miss Julia who was the teacher President Carter referenced in his inauguration speak. It is a must see if you like history, politics and/or the Carters.

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Zebulon, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have always found Jimmy interesting and I am so glad we took the time this weekend to find out more. He truly is an American Legacy...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Started at the Plains School. Film shown in the auditorium. Wander the halls, old school room, principal's office, etc. Made our way out of town to the Boyhood Farm. Really enjoyed walking around the farm and through the home and "store". All free, nice way to spend the day.

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Forney, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

My sister and I visited the school Jimmy Carter attended. He had a teacher that was very influential. She also influenced the success of several others. There were many interesting things to read posted on the walls; things I had no idea that Jimmy helped with, like a drinking water pipe (straw) with a screen that citizens received (foreign country)... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Best to start here for local NPS sites for Jimmy Carter. The school rooms are fun and set up with nice historic displays. The history of Jimmy's Presdiency and that of the first lady were well done, as well as the cool panels with the presidential buttons.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Interesting to how the 39th President of The United States lived and worked growing up on a farm in rural Plains, Ga.

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Auburn, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This was a small but wonderful park. The rural childhood home of Jimmy Carter makes a lasting impression that someone can rise up from humble beginnings to lead our country.

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

There is absolutely no other historical site like Plains, GA. Where else can you see the actual subject of the site during your visit? The town is a tiny place of gargantuan significance. Plan to visit both the Plains High School and the Carter family farm, which is a couple miles outside of town, as well as President Carter's sunday... More 

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