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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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I stopped here the other day. The site is divided up into 4 locations, the main site is the high school that President Carter and Roslyn attended, his Presidential Campaign... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I stopped here the other day. The site is divided up into 4 locations, the main site is the high school that President Carter and Roslyn attended, his Presidential Campaign headquarters and a small tract of land, 20’x10’ outside the Carter’s resident, and the childhood farm that President Carter grew up on. Absolutely enjoyed this tour, and the high school... 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. Please come back and see us again! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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80 reviews 80 reviews
37 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My wife and I drove off course from Florida to Maryland to visit this site, and the trip was completely worth it! We drove into a town that couldn't have imagined that one of their citizens would become the President of the United States, and we found a town with an aw-shucks! attitude that, while not taking Jimmy Carter for... More 

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

Thank you for your recent visit. It sounds like you really enjoyed Plains, Georgia and all it has to offer. If you are ever back in this area please visit us again. More 

River Forest, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

If you are in the area, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, GA is definitely worth a stop. This is where Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter grew up and still live. We stopped at the High School Museum and Visitor Center, where the staff was friendly and helpful. The film for visitors is professionally done and quite interesting. There... 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 hope to see you again. More 

Conway, SC
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83 reviews 83 reviews
27 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We stopped by Plains Georgia to check out Jimmy Carter's hometown. This was a most enjoyable stop. First, we stopped in town, near the old train depot. We had the feeling that we had gone back in time to before Carter's election. The town has a huge Jimmy Carter banner hanging on the front of one of the stores. The... More 

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Thank you for your recent visit. We are glad that you had a great visit and hope that you come see us again. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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15 reviews 15 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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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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 

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