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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

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Address: 300 N Bond St, Plains, GA 31780-5562
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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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When visiting Jimmy Carter National Historic Site start at the State Welcome Center. There you can pick up maps, directions to the multiple sites, and have a picnic. Proceed to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When visiting Jimmy Carter National Historic Site start at the State Welcome Center. There you can pick up maps, directions to the multiple sites, and have a picnic. Proceed to the High School that Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter attended, now the National Park Visitors Center and Exhibits. Next we went to Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm. Our young grandkids enjoyed the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a teacher, I am always touched by the effect teachers have played on their student's lives. In this case, Jimmy Carter borrowed one of his teacher's quotes in his inaugural speech . The school they both attended has now been reincarnated into the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. President Jimmy Carter exemplifies how a young man from rural Georgia... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is easy to settle into the small-town vibe here, while learning a lot about Jimmy Carter's childhood and early experiences that shaped his outlook on life. You can also learn about his work through the Carter Foundation, which provides lifesaving medicine and treatment to people who would otherwise go without. Plan ahead if you want to see Pres. Carter... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful few hours exploring Plains Georgia and the President Jimmy Carter birthplace. A short informative and personal film starts the tour in the former high school that both Jimmy and Roselyn attended. The home is restored to what it was in 1930's . We were carried back in time and it made us wonder how a young man from this... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Simple but informative presidential museum. I enjoyed the many pictures tracing the life of Jimmy and Rosalynn from their youth. The site includes a gift shop, but don't buy the peanuts. It is beyond me how can they sell stale peanuts in Plains GA! The village is charming. It was a Sunday and Jimmy taught Sunday school at the Maranatha... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Jimmy Carter is ranked by historians as a so-so president. I don't know about that, but I know he is an amazing person, and surely the best ex-president we've ever had. This site pays tribute to his very humble beginnings. As we went through the high school (now museum), his boyhood home, the RR depot (campaign HQ) and "downtown" plains,... More 

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Griffin, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I went with our two children ages 11 and 12. We all found things to enjoy. I particularly enjoyed the hall with information and exhibits from Rosalynn's point of view. There is a pretty big gallery with information about Jimmy Carter's early life, politics, and then their work now with the Carter Center. My children really liked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Jimmy Carter may not have been our most effective President, but he and Rosalynn are certainly American citizens of whom we can be very proud. They are in their 90s and still work for Human Rights, Jimmy currently against human trafficking and Rosalynn in her lifelong work for mental health. The whole town is the museum. VIsit the museum in... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Jimmy Carter's high school building serves as a museum now. You can see his Nobel Peace Prize, a replica of his desk at the Oval Office and so much more. There are scavenger hunts for children that take them to places all over Plains! If they return to the museum with their scavenger hunt results, there are gifts for them.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Being a former educator, I especially enjoyed touring this school that formerly housed 1-12 grades and where both President and Mrs. Carter attended. The movie was well worth the time to watch, less than 30 minutes. You can sit at a replica of the desk from the Oval Office and have your picture taken by the wonderful volunteers who staff... More 

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