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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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Georgia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

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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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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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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25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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11 helpful votes 11 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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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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Thank you for your recent visit. We hope to see again sometime. More

Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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

Seattle, Washington, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The town and institutions associated with President Carter are a worthwhile destination in out-of-the-way southwestern Georiga. The high school he attended is now an informative museum, and one can walk on the grounds of his boyhood home as well. Stop at the Plains Visitor Center east of town first to get an excellent map and helpful advice on what to... More

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Steve T, Manager at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit. We are glad you came and hope you come back again. More

Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
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11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

You won't find this town at an exit off an interstate, but that's what makes it so special. A quiet little town without tourist-grabbing, money-collecting exhibits. Be sure to visit the school where Jimmy and Rosalynn spent their youth. Very impressed with the condition of the school and the attentiveness of the government personnel there. We then walked to the... More

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. If you are ever traveling through this area again we would love for you to stop and visit again. More

Orlando, Florida
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153 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Passed the sign for this NPS site on my way to Montgomery. Decided to look up the details on my tablet and go to the site. Worth a stop! The site consists of three properties (schoolhouse, presidential campaign headquarters, farm). You will need to drive to each one.

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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. Please come back to see us again. More

Covington, Georgia
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20 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We absolutely loved our field trip to the Jimmy Carter homesite and school. Ranger Ian is great especially with my 5th grade students. There was little to none political information and tons of childhood information on Georgia's only president. It was a great educational experience!!

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

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