Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains

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Must see · Historic Walking Area · Historic Site
Driving Directions:

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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  • We spent a little over an hour at the Jimmy Carter Historic site. The school facility is well-preserved and the exhibits are spread throughout the main floor rooms. We especially enjoyed watching...  more »
  • The old Plains High School is now the Carter Museum with so much information, pics, and artifacts from Jimmy Carters life from childhood to the White House and the years since! This site is now open.....  more »
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  • Great spot to catch up on history of President Jimmy Carter. An additional tip is that they just added three totally unique stamps for the three spots within this National History Site. Don't forget to visit both the Depot and Boyhood farm in addition to the High School! Stamps were added merely two days ago!
  • Had a beautiful day at Peanut Carters place. My third trip for us. Interesting as well as educational. Easy to walk through. Rangers were informative and kind. We enjoyed the hour walk through.

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