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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

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Address: 300 N Bond St, Plains, GA 31780-5562
Phone Number: 229-824-4104
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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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Jimmy Carter's Boyhood Home and Farm

This historical site is nicely done. President Carter's voice narrates the story of life there, in the house and around the farm that offers deep insight into the time of his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Reva, Virginia
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Reva, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This historical site is nicely done. President Carter's voice narrates the story of life there, in the house and around the farm that offers deep insight into the time of his childhood. One starts to understand just what it takes to make a great president. This historical site lends itself nicely to large groups as wellas self-guided tours. The home,... More 

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The historic site really encompasses the entire town of Plains. Although the high school that both President Carter and his wife attended stands as the visitor center, we feel the best way to immerse yourself in the Carter legacy is to begin your tour at his boyhood home just outside of town. The route is easily marked, and you will... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While a drive from Atlanta this was an insightful national park that uses jimmy carters high school in a superb way. As a person who loves national parks, I enjoyed it and the town.

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My best friend and I took our two boys to Plains to visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. The site encompasses the entire town of Plains, including the historic Plains High School where President Carter went to school, his brother Billy Carter's gas station, his campaign headquarters, the downtown area, and his boyhood farm. There is a museum and... More 

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Okeechobee,Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Jimmy Carter, our 39th Presidents boyhood home. It was nice to see how things were many years ago. You can do a self tour and walk thru the home. Being a senior it brought back many thoughts of how simple things were. I sat on the swing on the porch and it brought memories back of visiting older... More 

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Oxford, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It is always very nice to see a wonderful repurposing of a building when done in this way. There is a wonderful Lafora of information to be found about the local community, President and Mrs. Carter, and the Plains High School itself. The staff was extremely friendly the exhibits were well done and very very informative. This is a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

This display has an excellent film. The film and the site does much to show the former president's commitment to his community, his state, his country, and the world. What ever you thought of his performance as president, there is no denying his commitment to service. The film along with displays at his High School gives insight into how his... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

The old Plains school has been turned into a museum celebrating the life of former President Carter as well as the local plains community. A nice exhibit on former President Carter. Good for people with school aged children to see the old time school and how it was back in the day.

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Lake Wales, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

We enjoyed our visit to Plains, Ga and exploring all the Jimmy Carter attractions-- To see his boyhood home, read all the history, walk around the farm-- see the old tools, wagons, etc was fantastic for us

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Follow the footsteps of your 39th President to see how he lived when he was a youngster, where he went to school at, and where his presidential campaign started. A wonderful experience for historians young and old!

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