We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

300 North Bond Street, Plains, GA 31780
229-824-4104
Website
Improve this listing
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
Write a Review

74 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    52
    20
    1
    0
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Durham, NC
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
45 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Roswell, Georgia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
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

Jonesboro, Georgia
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

First, the rangers at both locations - schoolhouse and farm - are knowledgeable and helpful. The schoolhouse is now remade into a museum and is very interesting, containing Jimmy Carter's artwork and memorabilia, as well as providing a timeline of his life through his career and post-presidency. The farm was fascinating and reflects the life of, not only a former... More

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

John, thanks for your visit. We are glad that you and your grandchildren had a great time. Congratulations to them on becoming a Junior Park Ranger. If you are ever back in this area, please visit again. More

Bradenton, Florida
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

It almost seemed like I went back in time when I visited Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. Everything was exactly how I envision life to be at the point in time. I learned so much and the ranger was very knowledgeable. Definitely should go see this!

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

Patty, thanks for your recent visit. We hope you come back and visit again. More

Hillsborough, North Carolina
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Sort of a grand title but what I came away with from our visit in July is that the DNA of this place is what made President Carter the man he is. That this is still home for him, this sleepy little town speaks highly of President Carter as it does about the folks he calls his friends and neighbors.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Steve T, Chief of Interpretaion at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, responded to this review

Thanks for your recent visit. Plains, Georgia is a special place and it seems that you really enjoyed your visit. If you are ever back in the area, please visit again. More

Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
20 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The high school and the boyhood home offer great information and context to the life of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, his presidency, and their efforts with the Carter Center, Habitat for Humanity, and other good works. Even if you are not a fan of the politician, it is a worth a visit to learn about life in south Georgia during... More

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

Thanks for your recent visit. We hope to see you again. More

Hillsborough, North Carolina
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Boyhood Farm of Jimmy Carter was really interesting to see. The farm was easy to get around and the home and outbuildings clearly offered you a sense of what it would have been like to grow up 3 miles outside of downtown.

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

Thank you for your visit to the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm. We look forward to you coming back to visit us again. More

Deltona, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We found ourselves only about ten miles from Plains, and knowing it was the family home of President Carter, we decided to visit. We always remember the President telling the whole world during his election campaign that he was from a small town, but nothing prepared us for just how small it really is. I grew up in a small... More

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

Thank you for your recent visit. If you are ever back in the area, please visit us again. More

Travelers who viewed Jimmy Carter National Historic Site also viewed

 

Been to Jimmy Carter National Historic Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing