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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Plains

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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
300 North Bond Street
Plains
GA
31780
Tel: 229 824 4104

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. From Atlanta on Interstate 85 Take I-85 South and bear right onto ramp at exit 21 to I-185 South (GA-411 S, Chet Atkins Pkwy). Continue on I-185 S (GA-411 S, Chet Atkins Pkwy) and bear right onto off-ramp at exit 1A to US-27 S (US-280 E, GA-520 E). See directions from Columbus to Plains below. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Where are we going today?

Plains High School serves as the park museum/visitor center. Visitors find a restored and furnished classroom, principle's office and auditorium. The Plains Train Depot contains a self-guided museum with exhibits focusing on the 1976 Presidential Campaign. The Boyhood Farm was owned by Earl Carter, Jimmy's father, from 1928 until the late 1940s. Jimmy Carter lived here from the age of four until he departed for college. The farm is restored to its appearance before electricity was installed in 1938.
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    I am a travel writer for National Park Planner and I visited the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in November, 2013. The park commemorates the life of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. Located in rural Plains, Georgia, the Peanut Capital of the World, visitors can tour the farm that Carter grew up on, visit Carter’s campaign headquarters at the Plains Railroad Depot, and learn about his life at the Plains High School Museum and Visitor Center. Mr. Carter still lives in Plains, and when he is in town he teaches Sunday School...Read More

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    Very unique experience to see the home town of Jimmy Carter. A National Historic Site that is a whole town.

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    This is not where the Jimmy Carter National Historic site is located. This is the retirement home of Plains.

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by Steve Markos

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I am a travel writer for National Park Planner and I visited the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in November, 2013. The park commemorates the life of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. Located in rural Plains, Georgia, the Peanut Capital of the World, visitors can tour the farm that Carter grew up on, visit Carter’s campaign headquarters at the Plains Railroad Depot, and learn about his life at the Plains High School Museum and Visitor Center. Mr. Carter still lives in Plains, and when he is in town he teaches Sunday School at his church, Maranatha Baptist. The public is welcome to attend and afterwards you can have your picture taken with the former president and his wife, Rosalynn.

Visit National Park Planner (npplan) for complete information and plenty of photos about the park.

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