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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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Few U.S. Presidents have had such close ties with where they were born...

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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Wed spent a wonderful afternoon here and enjoyed all the exhibits and displays very much. All is very well done. Of course, we think the world of both the Carters and loved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Wayne D
Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wed spent a wonderful afternoon here and enjoyed all the exhibits and displays very much. All is very well done. Of course, we think the world of both the Carters and loved seeing all the displays and history about them here.

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Gallipolis, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is well maintained and gives visitors a good understanding of how life was for him, and all Georgians in SW Georgia at the time.

Thank cynthiapotter90
Bethlehem, Georgia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This place is not just a museum but an interactive educational venue where visitors may watch a short bighraphical film about Jimmy Carter. Everyone can be inspired to be the best that they can be.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 569 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Atlanta may be the home base for Jimmy Carter's post-presidency efforts through the Carter Center. But if you want to see what Carter is truly like, what and who formed him, you need to continue south from Atlanta to Plains, Georgia - his home town. Take snacks and drinks in a car-cooler on this trip! As you will see from... More 

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Smyrna, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

When you visit the town of Plains and and President Carter's humble beginnings you realize the odds of his ascent to the Presidency. Walking the halls of the old Plains High School and seeing the classroom and auditorium were his dream begin makes you appreciate the journey. This is a wonderful trip back to how everyone could be President. People... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

The Museum is in Plains, GA. which is a town under 1,000 people. The museum is in an old school building which is a good use of an old building. The downtown is a block long and they say you can see Jimmy walking around and going to Restuarants and going to Walmart when he's in town. Pretty cool. He... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Didn't know much about jimmy carter before this trip but after visiting his boyhood home I feel like I know him. Very well done and had the place to ourselves. Felt free to walk around and nice walking path to each display.

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Athens, Ga
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Nice piece of history on display. Very happy this is being preserved. Take in the High School while in area.

Thank GaTraveler0808
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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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