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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

Address: 300 North Bond Street, Plains, GA 31780
Phone Number: 229-824-4104
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Plains
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Few U.S. Presidents have had such close ties with where they were born and raised. The rural...
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Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
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.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The Historic site is located in Jimmy Carter's former school. The staff here was extremely knowledgeable. Upon entry, i was immediately greeted by a woman who quickly and thoroughly described the layout of the site and somehow squeezing in several little history lessons on the way. She informed me of the various rooms of the school house, information covered in... More 

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Steve T, Chief of Interpretation at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit. We are glad that you took the time to stop and see what we have to offer. If you are ever back in this area, we would love to see you again. More 

Pace, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Years ago when residing in Tallahassee, Florida I had taken a drive to Atlanta to see the sights. Looked up Plains, Georgia on the map, and drove up. President Carter was out of office more than a year, and by chance met him and his Father at the Baptist (don't remember the name) Church. I was dressed in coat and... More 

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Steve T, Chief of Interpretation at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site would love for you to come visit. If you are ever in the area please stop by. More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This national park provided me with a deeper understanding of jimmy carter and plains impact on his world view. I really enjoyed the whole park and walking down Main Street. I also loved the exhibit on the First Lady. My only complaint is the park could have been more critical (or balanced) on some of carters choices with Iran and... More 

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Steve T, Chief of Interpretation at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to the site. If you are ever back in the area, please stop by and visit again. More 

St. Augustine
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The Jimmy Carter story is extremely inspirational for young and old alike. Learning more about Presidents Carter's childhood provides wonderful insight into why he is such a man of integrity and character.

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Steve T, Chief of Interpretation at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the site. If you are ever back in the area, we would love to see you again. More 

Powder Springs, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

LOVED it. His boyhood home, the high school, and the campaign headquarters for his presidency are within 5 to 10 minutes of each other and worth every minute spent touring them. His boyhood is not only interesting for being his boyhood, but the time period items throughout the house and farm are a historic lesson on their own. Each part... More 

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Steve T, Chief of Interpretation at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. We are glad that you visited and hope that you will visit again. More 

Oshawa, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We visited on a sunny november Saturday . The Rangers were all helpful , from offering samples of boiled peanuts to explaining how to make cane syrup. They also directed us to places in town. Not sure that there is all this going on everyday but still worth a stop to see the home barns and tuck shop .

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Steve T, Chief of Interpretation at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. It sounds like you came on our annual "Cane Syrup Day". It is the one day a year that we make cane syrup just like it was made in the 1930s. If you are ever back in this area, please visit us again. More 

Brewton, Al
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We loved the Boyhood Farm. It is actually a working farm now. Although many of the buildings were not original, they have been authentically recreated. The site is pristine. The staff is friendly. We also visited the museum located in the wonderful old school house. It was fantastic. What a wonderful reminder that great people often come from humble beginnings.... More 

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Steve T, Chief of Interpretation at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

Madeline H thanks for visiting the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. If you are ever back in the area please stop by again. More 

Babylon, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We especially enjoyed hearing and seeing Pres. Carter teach "Sunday School," as he puts it. A wonderfully articulate, gentle man, and a good soul!

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Steve T, Chief of Interpretation at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

Claire M. thank you for visiting Plains and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. Came visit again if you get a chance. More 

Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

I joined my son's 5th grade field trip to Plain's Georgia and this was one of our stops. It was wonderful to see what farm life entailed in the 1930's. It's a beautiful farm with a wonderful history. Don't miss out on the Clark's modest home.

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Steve T, Chief of Interpretation at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. The Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm is one of three areas that can be visited. From the photo, it looks like they learned what farm life was all about in the 1930s. If you are ever back in the area, please stop again. More 

Burgess Hill
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A bit of a detour, but well worth the visit to this personable and well preserved home. Even the August Georgia flies didn't detract too much!

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Steve T, Chief of Interpretation at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit. If you are ever back in this area, please stop and visit again. More 

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