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“Such a great slice of history!”

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 12 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.
Chattanooga, TN
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Such a great slice of history!”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

We really enjoyed visiting the school where Jimmy and Roslynn Carter went to school. It helps you to see the kind of grit that was built in to that generation. My husband really enjoyed taking pictures in the "oval office."

This was a really great experience and I highly recommend it!

Visited March 2013
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Longview, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Off the beaten path, but worth it”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

Much of the city of Plains is a National Historic Site run by the National Park Service. President Carter's childhood home, his father's business, the high school Jim,y and Roselyn attended, and other buildings are open to the public and filled with history. In the high school. Jesu, are many things also found at the Carter Center, but there are other things here, too.

The family home is fun to tour, although nothing on the home belonged to the Carters. it is still a good representation of farm life in the Depression years.

Visited August 2013
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Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fabulous History Site”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

This was a great way to follow President Carter's Sunday School lesson. The old Plains High School offers and in depth look at both the President and Mrs. Carter. I learned and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. A must see in Plains!

Visited August 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great walk through”
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
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Humanitarianism at its best!”
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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