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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

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Address: 300 North Bond Street, Plains, GA 31780
Phone Number: 229-824-4104
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
Description: 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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Great tribute to a Great Man

Unfortunately we had only an hour to see everything in Plains, GA about our 39th President, Mr Carter. We started at the historical site of his high school. The displays about his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Unfortunately we had only an hour to see everything in Plains, GA about our 39th President, Mr Carter. We started at the historical site of his high school. The displays about his and Roselyn's life were excellent. It told about his political life and then about after he was President. He truly deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. His Carter Center... More 

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Saint Augustine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

What a nice low key tribute to a past president! The old high school displays family pictures and momentos. It also includes Carter's humanitarian works. His boyhood home is down the road and pretty much as he left it.

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Illinois City, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Great weekend trip for the family. Carter's old high school houses the NPS Visitor Center. The ranger on duty was very friendly and knowledgable. We also enjoyed visiting Carter's Boyhood Home. Everyone in town was friendly and had their own stories of "Mr. Jimmy". Enjoyed it and will visit again. Saw only 2 places to eat. One was closed on... More 

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Smyrna, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My husband and I took a weekend trip down to visit Andersonville and pleasantly came across all of the Jimmy Carter stuff to do. This place has a neat tour and lots to see. Loved the house and store! The horses and animals were a neat addition! It's free and we truly enjoyed our time visiting! It's a must see... More 

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Homewood, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Jimmy Carter is the first president I remember. It was worth the drive out to Plains from Savannah to visit his hometown. It really hit me during the visit that he also came from a small town and made it to the highest office in the nation - what an accomplishment! The people that run the site were some of... More 

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Montgomery, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I love US history and especially anything pertaining to US Presidents. This was a very informative tour on what President Carter's life was while he was growing up. The guide was very knowledgeable and knew many interesting details of little Jimmy's life.

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Clackamas, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

While volunteering at Seminole State Park we used our time off to visit this interesting and informative site. This site allows us to understand our 39th President. The home site is like it was when President Carter was living there. The Rangers were knowledgeable and proud to be part of this home site. The respect for President Carter showed in... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

My son and I visited the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia, and we loved it. All of the various sites were interesting and fun to visit. It is easy to spend half a day to a full day here.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

It is humbling to find a rural country boy, encouraged by his teacher, aspired to become the President of the United States. The family stories are told by Jimmy Carter. One would think that he was standing beside you as he relayed the memories about his family life growing up in Plains, Georgia. The general store on the farm told... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

It was awe-inspiring to realize that a man from this simple rural farm community could aspire to and achieve the presidency of our nation. The exhibits in the museum and a visit to Jimmy Carter's boyhood home illustrate the strong morals, ethics and values instilled in him in his youth which he has carried with him throughout his political life... More 

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