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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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Simple Man -- Extraordinary Achievements

It was awe-inspiring to realize that a man from this simple rural farm community could aspire to and achieve the presidency of our nation. The exhibits in the museum and a visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Toms River, New Jersey
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It was awe-inspiring to realize that a man from this simple rural farm community could aspire to and achieve the presidency of our nation. The exhibits in the museum and a visit to Jimmy Carter's boyhood home illustrate the strong morals, ethics and values instilled in him in his youth which he has carried with him throughout his political life... More 

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Belmar, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Stopped in here on my way to Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm. There are some nice exhibits. It's interesting just walking around this old high school from a by-gone era. It's not the most impressive collection of items commemorating President Carter but definitely worth stopping in to see.

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The visitor's center is located at Jimmy Carter's old high school. There are some exhibits about his life and his campaign, as well as a few about Rosalynn Carter. It's worth looking through everything. You can also visit his boyhood farm, although be aware there's not a sign on the road to the farm. We found the farm pretty interesting,... More 

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

Thanks for visiting the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. If you are ever traveling back through this area, please visit us again. More 

Minnesota
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64 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

Apparently the whole town in the historic site. Saw the Jimmy Carter peanut statue, old presidential campaign headquarters, the old high school (wonderfully kept up I might add), boyhood home and drove past current home. Quite a nice little trip. Definitely worth a stop.

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

Thanks for visiting Plains, Georgia and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. Plains is a very special place and from your review it looks like you found out why. If you are ever back in this area, please stop again. More 

Kissimmee, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

If you love American Presidential history, this is a must see, not very large, but very nice, his old high school is nearby, with some interesting thing also/

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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 and Plains, Georgia. This area is rich in Presidential history and we are glad you visited. If you are ever in this area, we would love to see you again. More 

Brunswick, Md.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We found the folks here to be very helpful and friendly! A great museum to visit and a great gift shop too!!! I would suggest it be the first place to stop as you come into town!

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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. Please come see us again if you get a chance. More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

In addition to the main National Historic Site at old high school, the nearby Childhood Home of President Carter helped me better appreciate his humble beginnings. Recommend sending a postcard from the Plains US Post Office. It's across the street and down the block from the old train station and Presidential Campaign Headquarters. Go inside and ask for them to... More 

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

Thanks for visiting the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Plains, Georgia. By reading your review, it looks like you had time to really explore everything Plains and the site has to offer. If you are ever traveling back through this part of the country, we would love to see you again. More 

Molino, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Loved learning about one of our nation's presidents! Kinda in the middle of no where, but that makes the drive worth it. Nice to get out in the country on a wonderful spring day!

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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. It sounds like you had a great visit. If you are ever traveling back through this area, we would love to see you again. More 

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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106 helpful votes 106 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 

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