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One's first impression of the Historic District of Americus Georgia is the incredible charm of this Southern city. Beautiful antebellum and Victorian houses line the residential streets where Southern hospitality is alive and well. It truly feels like you are stepping back in time at least 50 years. The pace is slower and people take the time to be friendly.
There is so much history in this part of Southwest Georgia. Andersonville National Historic Site, the location of the most infamous Civil War Prison Camp Sumter, is a "must" for "Civil War buffs" to explore. The National POW Museum, located in nearby Andersonville, is a thought provoking multi-media experience dedicated to POW's from all wars. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, located in nearby Plains, gives a glimpse into the life of our nation's 39th President. His boyhood farm has been restored to assist visitors in understanding life here in the rural South during Mr. Carter's formative years. The Museum and Welcome Center take you through his high school years and beyond. And, on many Sundays, visitors are welcome to join Jimmy Carter in his Sunday School class at Maranatha Church.
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in Americus at Koinonia Farm, the first biracial farming commune established in Americus in 1942. Visitors are welcome to tour Habitat's Global Village and Discovery Center in downtown Americus where you will take a journey to the parts of the world that Habitat has touched. Tour Koinonia Farm, which still exists, pick fresh blueberries or grapes, and sample their incredible chocolate.
The largest collection of telephone memoribilia in the world is located in nearby Leslie at the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum where you can enjoy a personal tour of the museum. On some days, the SAM Shortline Excursion Train runs through Leslie with a stopover just long enough to visit the museum.
There are a variety of restaurants and shops. Numerous golf courses are in close proximity and they are very affordable.
When planning a trip to this area, make sure to allow enough time to enjoy the attractions, but, also to simply "be in the moment" in this charming place. There are several lodging options including a couple of historic bed and breakfasts which allow you to feel the history around you.