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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

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Address: 300 North Bond Street, Plains, GA 31780
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+1 229-824-4104

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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Early Afternoon at the Farm

There are multiple sites, so I recommend starting at the visitor center. Our 12 year old daughter got the Jr Ranger Activity book from there, and we got the Passport Cancellations... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Paige U
Miami, Florida
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are multiple sites, so I recommend starting at the visitor center. Our 12 year old daughter got the Jr Ranger Activity book from there, and we got the Passport Cancellations for our National Park Passport Book from the gift shop. The visitor center is located in the high school, and it is a very historic old building, lots of... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really get a flavor for President Carter and what he was all about. They have turned the old school into a museum with a great movie and gift shop. The staff was extremely friendly and there is even an opportunity to get a book signed by President Carter.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We came for the Bible study and found Plains to be a magical small town with very friendly, welcoming people. Have been to the presidential library in Atlanta which was much more extensive. However, the setting in his old high school makes the history here more personal. The story of his life and political career is here as well as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

We are planning on visiting every presidential library and museum that we can. While visiting our daughter nearby we took the time to drive here to tour the place. The lady at the front desk took lots of time filling us in on little know facts about the President and his wife. She gave us two facts that if we... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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 23 November 2016

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 20 November 2016 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 14 November 2016

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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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

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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