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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

300 North Bond Street, Plains, GA 31780
229-824-4104
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Ranked #2 of 9 attractions in Plains
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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... more » 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. « less
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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Sort of a grand title but what I came away with from our visit in July is that the DNA of this place is what made President Carter the man he is. That this is still home for him, this sleepy little town speaks highly of President Carter as it does about the folks he calls his friends and neighbors.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The high school and the boyhood home offer great information and context to the life of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, his presidency, and their efforts with the Carter Center, Habitat for Humanity, and other good works. Even if you are not a fan of the politician, it is a worth a visit to learn about life in south Georgia during... More

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Boyhood Farm of Jimmy Carter was really interesting to see. The farm was easy to get around and the home and outbuildings clearly offered you a sense of what it would have been like to grow up 3 miles outside of downtown.

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

Thank you for your visit to the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm. We look forward to you coming back to visit us again. More

Deltona, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We found ourselves only about ten miles from Plains, and knowing it was the family home of President Carter, we decided to visit. We always remember the President telling the whole world during his election campaign that he was from a small town, but nothing prepared us for just how small it really is. I grew up in a small... 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. If you are ever back in the area, please visit us again. More

Georgia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We spent about an hour at the museum (Jimmy Carter's former high school) strolling the corridors then watching the film narrated by Charles Kuralt. The ranger on site was very friendly and helpful, as was the local man (a volunteer) who we spoke to after watching the film. Don't forget to stop for a photo at the president's desk and... More

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

Thanks for your recent visit. If you are ever back in this area, please stop by and see us again. More

Northport, Alabama
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78 reviews 78 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Perhaps the most iconic place in Plains is the depot where the Carter Campaign headquartered. Carter spoke there after he became president-elect. Plains and Jimmy Carter are forever intertwined. The town is a reflection of Southern heritage and the life that molded our 39th president's character and views. But the town is not all about Jimmy and Roselyn. Ms. Lillian,... More

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

Thank you for your visit. It sounds like you really understood the importance that Plains has to President and Mrs. Carter. If you are ever passing through please stop by again. More

Spanish Fort, Alabama
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We started out at the Depot because we were staying in town at the Plains Historic Inn. Interesting displays about the Carter Campaign for the presidency. We drove over to the High School and enjoyed looking at the museum displays concerning Mr. & Mrs. Carter and their life in Plains. Drove out to the boyhood home and walked around. All... More

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

Plains is a special place. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. More

Stoughton, Wisconsin
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Plains, Georgia, is a very small southern town. We first stopped at the depot where Carter ran his campaign because it was the only place in town with public restrooms. We then went to the old high school which is now a museum about the Carters. It is very well done and the rangers welcome any questions. It was a... More

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

Thank you for visiting us. Please come back and see us again. More

Fitzgerald, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Truly an humbling experience to be in the presence of Jimmy Carter's Nobel Peace Prize. The former President is one of my heroes and it was an honor to be in the same room that he spends so much time in.

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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 hope to see again sometime. More

Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Really enjoyed this place and took you back to another era . Lots to see though the house was closed on our visit due to maintenance . So great that the family have donated this place to visitors

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

Thank you for your visit. Sorry that the Boyhood Home was closed for repairs but I am proud to say it is open for tours as of April 2014. If you are ever back in this area, please visit again. More

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