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“A Great Learning Experience for Any Age!”

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Plains
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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.
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A Great Learning Experience for Any Age!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

I thought I was going out of my way to expose my son to one of his favorite presidents, the 39th to be exact, but I ended up being the one that got the most out of this trip. Anyone that teaches should make the journey to this high school to find out more about the education system and how and why Jimmy Carter's education in rural Georgia made such a significant impact to become the president of the United States. It was an enlightening and educational experience! The staff was wonderful and the visit was FREE! There is so much to learn here, not just about Jimmy Carter, but about Leadership in general, Making a Difference, Giving, Change, Religious Values and Family. Rosalyn's story is a good timeline that's worth attention too. Glad I went out of my way for this!

Visited December 2012
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“What A Surprise”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

Had the good fortune of visting the Boyhood Home of Our 39th President, James Earl Carter. As you tour the grounds of his humble homestead, this President's past comes to life very quickly. The automated speakers on the grounds, along with the placards in each room, display what life in rural America was like at the turn of the last century.

What I found attractive was you can leisurely take this tour at your own pace visiting both his home, farm, and the Country Store his family ran. I entered the house through the back entrance, and what is noticed first was the outhouse, as you enter the interior of the house, the first thing that catches the eye is the ole fashion wooden telephone with its mouth piece protruding from its rectangular box. As you entered President Carter's childhood room, one can see that he was an avid reader, and the boat he got as a gift from his Uncle, aspired him to join the Navy.

Outside in the Farm house, many of the agricultural equiptment is on display. It was plainly evident that this equiptment was used by horses, mules, cows, etc., because mechanical equiptment may have been invented, but hadn't reached the Carter's Farm at that point.

I ended up talking to the Park Ranger outside, and he informed me that if I came up the following week, I could meet and have my photo taken with the President. So a week later there I found myself, listening to Ms Jan (Amy Carters 4th Grade Teacher, giving us the dos and donts once we got to meet the President) and before long there I was singing Hymns, Praying, and listening to the President conduct his Sunday Morning Sermon.

If you ever find yourself wanting to travel through Georgia on some Sunday Morning, and would love to have a Memory that would be Great for Yourself and the Family, I highly recommend that you look up on line, when President Carter will be giving his Sunday Service. Its A Memory You All Will Treasure Forever!

Visited November 2012
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“A Reminder of Different Times....”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

......when politicians actually tried to represent the people and govern the country. Whatever your politics...whatever you think of Carter's successes & shortcomings....he was a leader. The National Historic Site does a fairly good job of telling the President's story (though a more objective treatment would have been more forthcoming about some of the "downsides" of his term in office). And, unlike other presidential sites, the park's facilities and the overall ambiance of the town do truly give you a sense of how this place shaped the man who would become President. One has to believe that the community really has not changed much at all over the past several decades. The visitor center (in the converted Plains High School) includes a number of interesting exhibits and a good (though somewhat sanitized) orientation film. Park rangers were welcoming and provided good individual attention - though this may have been, in part, because I visited on a Monday morning and was the only one in the building! Take a few minutes to walk around this small community, including the downtown area.

Visited November 2012
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Douglas, Georgia
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“First Vote I Ever Cast”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

The first time I ever voted in a presidential election - it was for Jimmy Carter. Each time I visit the National Historic Site I remember why that vote was cast. Jimmy Carter was and is an extremely good man. He has high moral values and is very proud of where he came from. This is reflected in all aspects of the venues available at Plains and also in Archer at his boyhood home. If you do not care for politics, enjoy a quiet day just looking into a slice of yester-year. It makes for a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon.

Visited November 2012
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McRae, GA
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“A piece of history”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

The Carter Historical Site is very educational. It tells of Jimmy Carter's small beginings, as a Navy Officer, a peanut farmer, governor of Georgia all the way to the White House.

Thank Cathy C
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