Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

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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
Location Sumter County, Georgia, USA
Coordinates 32°01′50″N 84°25′06″W / 32.0304393°N 84.4182473°W / 32.0304393; -84.4182473Coordinates: 32°01′50″N 84°25′06″W / 32.0304393°N 84.4182473°W / 32.0304393; -84.4182473[1]
Area 71 acres (0.29 km²)
Established December 23, 1987
Visitors 94,945 (in 2005)
Governing body

National Park Service

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Visitor Center
Location 300 N. Bond St., Plains, Georgia
Area 0 acres (0 ha)
NRHP Reference # 01000272[2]
Added to NRHP December 23, 1987

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.

The Carters returned to Plains in January 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 Museum[edit]

The former Plains High School, where both Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter attended, now serves as the park's visitor center and museum.[3] It features a classroom, principal's office, and auditorium which have been restored to look as they would have when Jimmy Carter attended.[3] There is also an exact replica of Jimmy Carters presidential desk, and 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.[3]

Boyhood Home[edit]

The farm where Jimmy lived from age four in 1928 until he left for college[3] in 1941, has been restored to its appearance before electricity was installed in 1938.[3]

Campaign Headquarters[edit]

Plains train depot, which served as the 1976 Carter campaign headquarters

The former Plains Train Depot, where Carter headquartered his presidential campaign, now serves as a museum focusing on the 1976 Presidential Campaign and Election.[3] It features exhibits which highlight Jimmy Carter's campaign for President. The train depot operated from 1888 until 1951,[3] when all public transportation to and from the area ceased.[4]

Carter Compound[edit]

The current home of the Carters, while not open to the public, is technically a part of the National Historic Site.[5] The Carters have lived in the home since 1961.[6] During his presidency, it was used as his Summer White House.[6]

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