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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

300 N Bond St, Plains, GA 31780-5562
+1 229-824-4104
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Humble boyhood home of a U.S. President

This was a small but wonderful park. The rural childhood home of Jimmy Carter makes a lasting... read more

Reviewed October 16, 2016
Auburn, Alabama
Must-See for Presidential History

There is absolutely no other historical site like Plains, GA. Where else can you see the actual... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2016
Kernersville, North Carolina
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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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300 N Bond St, Plains, GA 31780-5562
+1 229-824-4104
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Reviewed October 16, 2016

This was a small but wonderful park. The rural childhood home of Jimmy Carter makes a lasting impression that someone can rise up from humble beginnings to lead our country.

Thank 338bretp
Reviewed October 11, 2016

There is absolutely no other historical site like Plains, GA. Where else can you see the actual subject of the site during your visit? The town is a tiny place of gargantuan significance. Plan to visit both the Plains High School and the Carter family...More

Thank jhhreview
Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

When you walk into this historic building, the first thing you notice is the smell. If you've ever attended an "old" school, the smell brings you right back to those experiences. A movie introduces you to the President and his life--be sure to ask to...More

Thank Suzanne35691
Reviewed October 5, 2016

The National Park Service has done a wonderful job with this site, especially with President Carter's childhood farm. Many of the signs have an audio component that allows you to hear narration by President Carter -- make sure you push the buttons! Very informative, and...More

Thank Tammy H
Reviewed September 24, 2016

This was by far one of my favorite places to visit while visiting Plains, a 2 mile drive from downtown Main Street, just follow the signs to "Jimmy Carters boyhood home", pulled into the small parking lot, and basically had the whole place to myself,...More

Thank tammyBaltimore_Md
Reviewed September 20, 2016

So if you're a Presidential history lover then you need to come experience Jimmy Cater National Historic Site. The National Park Service has done a great job in creating a creative learning experience. Come see for yourself!

Thank EcoCoolJill
Reviewed September 13, 2016

This was a repeat visit to Plains, but our first time by car. (The SAM shortline also takes you there.) The historic site is pretty much the whole town... There's the visitor's center in the former high school... It's informative and it's fun to see...More

2  Thank CobbCoGA
Reviewed August 24, 2016

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....More

Thank jm724real
Reviewed August 19, 2016

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...More

1  Thank bluejay377
Reviewed August 11, 2016 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.

Thank Cholden80
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Response from JimmyCarterNHS | Property representative |
The closest RV park to Plains is the M& W RV park 1/2 mile north of Plains High School. The phone number is 229-938-7821.
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Response from BigP34 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I did not read carefully as to place to eat. We had a tremendous dinner at Rosemary and Thyme on the second floor of the Windsor Hotel. Very easy to miss as there is almost non existent signage, just go in the Windsor... More