Welcome to Plains, Georgia!
Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.), 39th president of the United States, was born October 1, 1924, in the small farming town of Plains, Georgia, and grew up in the nearby community of Archery.
Today, Plains remains a small town with about 700 residents. Agriculture is still important to the area with two peanut warehouses and a peanut shelling plant located in town.
This southern town remains a special place for President and Mrs. Carter, due to their land, family, and friends. President and Mrs. Carter currently live in Plains in the house they built in 1961.
About the National Historic Site
Visitors to Plains may want to visit the three historic places: the Plains High School Museum, the 1888 Depot (1976 Presidential Campaign Headquarters), and the Boyhood Farm.
The historic site is open daily, except on Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, and New Year’s day.
Plains High School Museum
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Plains High School was built in 1921 and closed as a public school in 1979. Both President and Mrs. Carter attended all their public schooling in this building. After a six-year restoration project, the building has been converted into the main visitor center for the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
1888 Train Depot
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The 1976 headquarters for Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Campaign.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The farm where Jimmy Carter lived from 1928 until 1941. His father, Earl Carter, later sold this farm in 1949.
No fees are charged for visiting the historic site.
No food or drinks are sold at the historic site. There are two picnic areas in Plains with tables and restrooms if you would like to bring a picnic lunch. Reese City Park is located beside the Depot Museum, and Plains High School Museum has picnic tables. Plains has 2 restaurants located downtown.
If you are interested in making reservations for a catered meal, please call: Buffalo Cafe at 229-824-4520 or The Cafeteria at 229-824-5458. Groups need to make lunch reservations at least one week in advance.
Restrooms and Water
Restroom facilities and water fountains are located at Plains High School Museum, the Boyhood Farm, Plains Visitors Center, and Reese Park by the Depot Museum.
A bookstore is located at the Plains High School Museum. Souvenirs may also be purchased downtown as well as ice cream, drinks, peanuts, and peanut candies.
Plains High School Museum is the park’s main visitor center. Once you enter Plains, turn north on North Bond Street and follow the National Park signs to the school. Bus parking is located in the back parking lot. Please use this for the safety of your students. The Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm, located 3 miles from Plains, offers limited car parking next to the Carter Childhood home and bus, car and RV parking is located in a back parking lot next to the comfort station.
The historic site is located ten miles west of Americus, Georgia. Driving directions and map >
Virtual Tour of the Carter Farm
Resources about Plains and the historic site are located at http://www.jimmycarter.info under Plan Your Visit