Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains

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From Atlanta (North)

Take I-75 South towards Macon. Take exit #177 onto I-475 South towards Valdosta. I-475 will bypass Macon and reconnect with I-75 South. Take I-75 to exit #112 (GA-27) towards Vienna. Continue NW on GA-27 (Union Street) for 1.1 miles then turn left on GA-27 and continue for 25 miles to Americus. In Americus, GA-27 connects with US-280 West and becomes a three lane one-way road. Move into the center lane and stay there until the road ends at US-19. Turn left onto US-19 South/280 West and travel in right hand lane. At the second traffic light turn right onto US-280 West/GA-27 West and proceed 10 miles to Plains. At the flashing caution light, turn right onto North Bond Street. The Plains High School (Visitor Center/Museum) will be on your right.

2 hours 58 minutes / 166.13 miles

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From Columbus (West)

Take GA-520 South/US-280 East from Columbus to Richland. In Richland, turn left onto US-280/GA-27 East and travel about 10 miles to Preston. Continue on through Preston another 10 miles to Plains. In Plains at the flashing caution light, turn left onto North Bond Street. The Plains High School (Visitor Center/ Museum) will be located on your right.

1 hour 6 minutes / 54.15 miles

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From Savannah (East)

From Savannah take I-16 West for about 126 miles to exit #39 towards Cochran/Montrose. Turn left on GA-26 and travel about 17 miles to Cochran. Continue to follow GA-26 South for about 38 miles then bear left on GA-49 South and go 16 miles to Americus. In Americus GA-49 becomes US-280 West, a three lane one-way road though town. Move into the center lane and continue through Americus until the road dead ends at US-19 South. Turn left onto US-19 South/280 West and travel in right hand lane. At the second traffic light turn right onto US-280 West/GA-27 West and proceed 10 miles to Plains. At the flashing caution light, turn right onto North Bond Street. The Plains High School (Visitor Center/Museum) will be on your right.

3 hours 54 minutes / 232.09 miles

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From Valdosta (South)

From Valdosta take I-75 North to exit #101 towards Cordele. Turn left onto US-280 West towards Americus. Continue on US-280 West for about 30 miles to Americus. In Americus US-280 becomes a three lane one-way road. Move into the center lane and continue through Americus until the road dead ends at US-19 South. Turn left onto US-19 South/280 West and travel in right hand lane. At the second traffic light turn right onto US-280 West/GA-27 West and proceed 10 miles to Plains. At the flashing caution light, turn right onto North Bond Street. The Plains High School (Visitor Center/Museum) will be on your right.

2 hours 21 minutes / 125.73 miles

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From Tallahassee, FL

Take I-10 East to Exit 225 (SR-57 N, Florida-Georgia Pkwy). Take US-19 North ramp and turn left onto US-19 North. Continue on US-19 North until you reach Albany, Georgia. Turn onto ramp for US-19 North (GA-3, Slappey Blvd) and continue North to Smithville, Georgia. Continue on US-19 North through Smithville to GA-308. Make a left turn onto GA-308 and continue on GA-308 until you reach Plains, Georgia. At the caution light in Plains, continue through the light and the Visitor Center/Museum will be on the right-hand side.

2 hours 30 minutes / 136.13 miles

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  • Was so grateful we decided at the last minute to visit. The restored high school/museum is super interesting and gives a revealing view into President Carter's early life and the segregation... 
    Was so grateful we decided at the last minute to visit. The restored high school/museum is super interesting and gives a revealing view into President Carter's early life and the segregation...  more »
  • I came here by myself while visiting a friend in Americus who was working. I didn’t know much about Jimmy Carter or the area so I found the museum very educational. Lots of facts, a few different... 
    I came here by myself while visiting a friend in Americus who was working. I didn’t know much about Jimmy Carter or the area so I found the museum very educational. Lots of facts, a few different...  more »
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  • Nice little drive over there and worth it. The ranger was very knowledgeable and even got junior ranger badges there. Thought it was amazing to find out that president Carter just lived a mile down the road in his house that he Built-in the sixties.
  • A Beautiful Piece Of Plains, Georgia History. Small Town, Big Charm. If You're Looking For A New Experience Away From Atlanta, Make The Scenic Drive To Plains, Georgia. Hopefully, You Have The Opportunity To Meet Ms. Marilyn, One Of The AMAZING Volunteer Rangers Of The 'Plains High School Museum & Visitor Center' Portion Of The Tour. Her Knowledge Of Mr. & Mrs. Carter And Her Friendliness Is The Textbook Definition Of "Southern Hospitality". Oh, And Yes, The Carters Compound Is Still Located Here In The Town, Not Far From The High School Location. P.S.: Don't Forget Your Picture With The Smiling Giant Peanut Right Outside The Plains City Limit. Yes, It's A Thing!

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