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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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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Jimmy Carter National Historic site is a wonderful place to visit if you're near Plains. There is a lot of history in the place about Jimmy Carter, his campaign, and his presidency. This is a very family friendly location and the staff are extremely helpful.

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Severn, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is not a lot to Plains. Which makes it even more intriguing to know that this small peanut growing town, was home to our 39th President. I actually worked on his campaign as a high school student, every day after school in a small mountain town in Virginia. To see his homestead, visit his church and listen to his... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

His boyhood farm and high school properly depict the life of a down to earth small town person who rose to the nation's highest office.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is composed of two attractions, about 3 miles apart. First, the boyhood home of the 39th US President was surprisingly large and is called a middle-class home although that was in the days of the 1930's when it had no electricity or running water (both were installed several years later). Visitors can walk through... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the few National Historic Sites in Ga. We only did the museum (not the farm part) and it was an interesting hour. The kids participated in the junior ranger program to earn both a batch and a badge. The museum had both audio and video parts to the exhibits. I learned quite a bit about our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Our favorite portion of the Jimmy Carter NHS was the farm he grew up on. Nice explanation of how life was in the 1930s in rural Georgia. Liked how there were lots of voiceovers of Carter reminiscing. The Carter Commissary store recreation was quite nice. The Plains High School didn't have much inside, and unfortunately, aside from one classroom and... More 

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