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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, located in Plains, Georgia, preserves sites associated with James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (1924–present), 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.

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Map showing the location of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Map showing the location of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Map showing the location of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Map showing the location of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
LocationSumter County, Georgia, United States
Coordinates32°01′50″N 84°25′06″W / 32.0304393°N 84.4182473°W / 32.0304393; -84.4182473[1]Coordinates: 32°01′50″N 84°25′06″W / 32.0304393°N 84.4182473°W / 32.0304393; -84.4182473[1]
Area71 acres (29 ha)
EstablishedDecember 23, 1987
Visitors51,580[2] (in 2018)
Governing bodyNational Park Service
WebsiteJimmy Carter National Historic Site
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Visitor Center
Location300 N. Bond St., Plains, Georgia
Area0 acres (0 ha)
NRHP reference #01000272[3]
Added to NRHPDecember 23, 1987

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.

Visitor center and museumEdit

The former Plains High School, which both Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter attended, now serves as the park's visitor center and museum.[4] It features a classroom, principal's office, and auditorium which have been restored to look as they would have when Jimmy Carter attended.[4] An exact replica of the Resolute desk, which Jimmy Carter brought back to the Oval Office to use as his presidential desk, is exhibited, as is his 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Other rooms feature exhibits that explain the lives of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, and a short video focuses on the life of Jimmy Carter according to his friends, neighbors, and family.[4]

Boyhood homeEdit

The farm in rural Archery where Jimmy lived from age four in 1928 until he left for college[4] in 1941 has been restored to its appearance before electricity was installed in 1938.[4]

Campaign headquartersEdit

The former Plains Train Depot, where Carter headquartered his presidential campaign, now serves as a museum focusing on the 1976 Presidential Campaign and Election.[4] It features exhibits which highlight Jimmy Carter's campaign for President. The train depot operated from 1888 until 1951,[4] when all public transportation to and from the area ceased.[5]

Carter compoundEdit

The current home of the Carters, while currently not open to the public, is technically a part of the National Historic Site.[6] The Carters have lived in the home since 1961.[7] During his presidency, it was used as his Summer White House.[7]


Plains Train DepotEdit

Visitor Center and MuseumEdit

Carter Boyhood FarmEdit


  1. ^ "Jimmy Carter National Historic Site". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
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  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Jimmy Carter National Historic Site - Things To Do". Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Jimmy Carter National Historic Site - Things To Know Before You Come". Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  6. ^ "Jimmy Carter National Historic Site - Hours". Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Presidential Avenue: Jimmy Carter". Archived from the original on December 31, 2003. Retrieved June 20, 2012.

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