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The Plains School

Address: Plains, GA
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Ranked #4 of 9 Attractions in Plains
Type: Educational Sites, History Museums, Classes
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Owner description: Jimmy Carter's old high school is now a museum dedicated to the 39th President.
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Burgess Hill
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Good use of the old school. Well preserved and interesting exhibits. The home video of Jimmy and his wife giving a tour of their home is a highlight.

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Northport, Alabama
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35 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Outside of the Carter Presidential Museum in Atlanta, this place tells the story of how a peanut farmer became governor and president. Carter took advantage of the perfect storm in American politics to run as an outsider in the wake of Watergate. He had accomplishments and failures like any other presidents. The Plains School does a great job of interpreting... More

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Milledgeville, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I had just finished college when Jimmy Carter became president. I was more focused on other things and it was beneficial to look back at history and remember the events with the insight I now have from experience. The school gives a good overview of Mr. & Mrs. Carters' life and accomplishments.

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I was greeted outside by a nice gentlemen who welcomed me to the school and said it was nice to see me. He was very welcoming. The school was fun to see and learn about the history of Plains and Mr. and Mrs. Carter. Some of his personal paintings are there too. I was very interested in his historical roots,... More

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Newnan, Georgia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
25 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The use of the former Plain's GA school house by the National Parks Service as a site to honor our 39th President served two purposes honoring our former President and preserving a piece of educational history for future generations. The museum was not just about the President but also about this building and how it served the community in the... More

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

It is especially interesting to see and understand the life of our 34th president through this center. Though he typically isn't praised in history books, nor remembered as successful, in hindsight his accomplishments were commendable and this place does a good job of interpreting them. I was most taken by realizing how it would be impossible for someone like him... More

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Surrey, UK
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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

As retired teachers we found the history of the school to be fascinating as it also focuses on the locality and of course its most famous ex pupil, Jimmy Carter. We met with a volunteer who told us about the restoration project and was very proud of the finished product and it typifies the pride the local people have in... More

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Byron, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Very informative and insightful. I enjoyed the visit there and will be visiting again whenever I have other family members come to town.

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Marietta, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I attended as a chaperone on my daughter's class field trip. Being a History teacher, I was naturally quite excited to get there. At the same time, I know how often museums and historical sites can be interesting, but also very dry. Plains High School provides a great opportunity to obtain an in-depth, but not to in-depth that you go... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

We wished we had planned more time for this outstanding trove of the history of education in the 1930s, the history of the region, and, of course, the influences on the maturing of young Roselynn and Jimmy. Great old photos! I applaud the citizens who saved this building and restored it. The exhibits are interesting, but just being in a... More

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