Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains

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The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, located in Plains, Georgia, preserves sites associated with James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (born 1924), 39th President of the United States. These include his residence, boyhood farm, school, and the town railroad depot, which served as his campaign headquarters during the 1976 election. The building which used to be Plains High School (opened in 1921 and closed in 1979) serves as the park's museum and visitor center. As President Carter lives in Plains, the area surrounding the residence is under the protection of the United States Secret Service and is not open to the public.

The Carters returned to Plains in 1981. The former President and First Lady Rosalynn Carter pursue many of the goals of his administration through the Carter 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, which is open to the public.

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  • Great place to learn about President Carter's early life. I couldn't help but picture a young President Carter playing ball and walking up the steps to school each morning.  more »
  • We stopped by hoping we could get in but it was closed due to the COVID. It's a nice building (the old high school) and looks well maintained. Unfortunate it was closed as it looks interesting.  more »
  • 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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