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“Great walk through” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Plains
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Owner description: 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.
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great walk through”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

I love these National Historic Sites run by the Parks Service. We didn't spend much time here but it was well organized and the set up was top-notch.

Visited August 2013
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Stone Mountain, Georgia, United States
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“Humanitarianism at its best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

I visited Plains, Georgia not too long after President Carter was elected. This latest trip was very nice. The town is small and we came on the SAM Shortline Excursion Train. Since I was there last, there is a nice museum in the old high school. Lots of great pictures and facts to see there. The NPS has again done a good job.

Visited July 2013
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Tyrone, Georgia
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“A Whole New Perspective”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

I will be the first to admit that I have not been a huge fan of President Carter. In fact, I had decided to never visit the Carter Center in Atlanta again because of something he did that I disagreed with several years ago. However, I do respect his place in history and the office he held and wanted to include the Historic Site on our weekend in the area. Seeing where he was from, the people he lived and grew up with, his experiences in life and how all that affected his decisions in life was enlightening. The exhibits in the High School were very well done. The auditorium in the school where they show the film is gorgeous. We enjoyed our visit to his Boyhood Home. A ranger was cooking and offering boiled peanuts to snack on while walking the property. We passed the depot but chose not to stop. I'm so glad we made this trip and learned more about possibly the greatest humanitarian there is.

Visited July 2013
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Talladega, Alabama
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“Was not expecting such a huge place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

I actually went here while I was driving to Jacksonville, Florida and it was well worth the stop. It's a good size place, but it is not all together. The first section is Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm, which was interesting. The second section is Plains National High School which is where Jimmy Carter attended school and it's also part museum too. The town of Plains itself is very interesting - has a lot of history about Jimmy Carter there too as well as the Presidential campaign headquarters. I could easily spend an entire day here.

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A "must" visit if in Plains, Georgia.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

This wonderful national historic site is a must see when travelling in this interesting part of Georgia. We enjoyed walking through the old high school which is now the Museum dedicated to the high school years of Jimmy Carter's (and wife Rosalynn) - what an interesting Museum. It's wonderful to see that this lovely old building still stands and will continue to do so into the future.

Visited June 2013
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