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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, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
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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.
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Brewton, Al
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We loved the Boyhood Farm. It is actually a working farm now. Although many of the buildings were not original, they have been authentically recreated. The site is pristine. The staff is friendly. We also visited the museum located in the wonderful old school house. It was fantastic. What a wonderful reminder that great people often come from humble beginnings.... More

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

Madeline H thanks for visiting the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. If you are ever back in the area please stop by again. More

Babylon, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We especially enjoyed hearing and seeing Pres. Carter teach "Sunday School," as he puts it. A wonderfully articulate, gentle man, and a good soul!

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Claire M. thank you for visiting Plains and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. Came visit again if you get a chance. More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

I joined my son's 5th grade field trip to Plain's Georgia and this was one of our stops. It was wonderful to see what farm life entailed in the 1930's. It's a beautiful farm with a wonderful history. Don't miss out on the Clark's modest home.

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

Thank you for visiting the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. The Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm is one of three areas that can be visited. From the photo, it looks like they learned what farm life was all about in the 1930s. If you are ever back in the area, please stop again. More

Burgess Hill
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A bit of a detour, but well worth the visit to this personable and well preserved home. Even the August Georgia flies didn't detract too much!

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

We are glad you enjoyed your visit. If you are ever back in this area, please stop and visit again. More

North Georgia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I am a Georgian and thought I knew a lot about Jimmy Carter, but this visit taught me a lot more. We started at the depot where Jimmy's campaign for President began and then drove out to the boyhood home. Both are so worth seeing. What really impressed me however, was talking with folks in Plains and hearing their fondness... More

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

Thank you for visiting Plains, Georgia and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. It sounds like you enjoyed your visit and along the way learned why Plains, Georgia is special to President and Mrs. Carter. If you are ever back in the area, we would love to see you again. More

The Netherlands
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154 reviews 154 reviews
47 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I am so glad my Dutch husband could enjoy this , he spent loads of time walking around the museum reading every thing that was on offer, we had our pictures taken at the "presidential desk".. we drove out to his boyhood home, and once again enjoyed the entire park, it was great, it was nice and quiet, I think... 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 to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. If you are ever back in this area, we would love to see you again. More

Durham, NC
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96 reviews 96 reviews
45 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My mom loves visiting presidential libraries, and I love visiting national parks. So we went a little out of our way on a drive back from Florida to visit Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. I was very surprised by how big the park is (it's pretty much the entire town!). There is a little bit of everything. Jimmy Carter's 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 recent visit to Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. If you are ever back in the area, please stop by again. More

Roswell, Georgia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I am a travel writer who covers National Parks (npplan.com) and I visited the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in November, 2013. The park commemorates the life of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. Located in rural Plains, Georgia, the Peanut Capital of the World, visitors can tour the farm that Carter grew up on, visit Carter’s... More

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

Steve, thanks for visiting the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. If you are ever in the area, please stop in again. More

melbourne FL, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Just about 45 miles out of the way off of interstate 75, its worth the visit. Museum in old school house is good for all ages. Can stop in downtown Americus, and visit Andersonville on the way out. Only a few hour detour.

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

Paul, thanks for your recent visit. We are glad that you took the time to visit not only this site but other sites in and around Plains, Georgia. If you are ever in our area, please stop in again. More

Maplewood, Minnesota
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36 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I visited Plains during a recent trip to Columbus, GA (Fort Benning). It was an easy drive to Plains. There is a lot of things to see starting with the Plains High School. This is the park headquarters. In the school they show a film, there is a gift shop, his Nobel Prize and various exhibits. The childhood home is... 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 to the site. If you are ever back in the area, please stop by again. More

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