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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

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Address: 300 North Bond Street, Plains, GA 31780
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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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What an amazing guy! What a nice tribute to his life.

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... read more

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 4 days ago NEW

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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The town of Plains is a throw back to rural home town living. Most of the buildings are preserved as they were during Jimmy Carter's run for Presidency. I'm not sure if I will be able to review each building separate, but I hope so. There is the High School Museum and Visitor Center, The Plains Depot (headquarters for his... More 

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Marion, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If in Plains you must see President's Carter's Childhood home. It is well taken care of and it is part of history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started at the High School with a wonderful volunteer that shared so much information! Then a video started with a quick historical look at Jimmy Carter... which was so helpful to the rest of our time. We visited his boyhood home, the farm and then went into Plains where we bought some peanuts for travel gifts for grandkids and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

People were very friendly!! Interesting working farm in the south... listen to the stories as you explore.. Carter tells you about growing up there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There are multiple sites, so I recommend starting at the visitor center. Our 12 year old daughter got the Jr Ranger Activity book from there, and we got the Passport Cancellations for our National Park Passport Book from the gift shop. The visitor center is located in the high school, and it is a very historic old building, lots of... More 

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