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This is the main street in Plains. A railroad line runs alongside the road and stores. It's a still a small rural town.
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The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

300 North Bond Street, Plains, GA 31780
high school = 9-5, campaign HQ = 9-4:30, farm = 10-5
229-824-4104 3 hours
February 2011 All year
$0-9 Plains Georgia
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The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site preserves several properties associated with Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. The site is located in Plains, Georgia, a small southern town that retains much of its rural tradition and charm.

Jimmy Carter was born in 1924, and grew up on a small country farm outside Plains. He lived there from age 4 until he left for college. Carter enrolled in the US Naval Academy and then began a military career. He returned to Plains in the 1950s following his father’s death and took over a peanut warehouse operation. Carter soon ran for local public office, which led to a state senate seat, and then governor of Georgia, and to President of the United States.

The main museum is located in Carter’s old high school. It includes restored classrooms and offices and has displays on Carter’s life and political career. There also is a section on Rosalynn Carter and a good 30 minute overview film. The historic site also includes an old rail depot that served as Carter’s campaign headquarters for his 1976 presidential run. It displays a variety of campaign memorabilia. The boyhood farm is the most interesting part of the site. It has been restored to its pre-electricity days of the 1930s and includes Carter’s house and nearby farm buildings. Walking around the farm and listening to Carter’s audio narration offers an insightful perspective into his youth. The historical site will chiefly appeal to history and political buffs. Other nearby attractions are Plains Peanuts (http://www.plainpeanuts.com/), which sells peanuts, candy and ice cream, the Peanut Festival, held here each September and Andersonville, a Civil War prisoner of war camp.
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