- Few U.S. Presidents have had such close ties with where they were born and raised. The rural southern culture of Plains, Georgia, that revolves around farming, church and school, had a large influence in molding the character and in shaping the political policies of the 39th President of the United States. The site includes President Carter's residence, boyhood farm, school, and the railroad depot, which served as his campaign headquarters during the 1976 election. The Plains High School serves as the park's museum and visitor center. The Jimmy Carter National Preservation District includes part of the town of Plains and its environs. The area surrounding the residence is under the protection of the Secret Service and the home is not open to the public.
Recreation - The Plains High School serves as the park museum/visitor center. Visitors find a restored and furnished classroom, principal's office, and auditorium; other rooms feature exhibits that explain the Carters' lives in Plains, including political and business careers, education, family, religion, and post-presidency. The story of the park is told in a 25-minute audiovisual presentation in the auditorium and through the site brochures. The museum also includes an audiovisual tour by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter of their house.
Climate - The climate in northern Georgia is generally temperate. Short, cool winters give relief from hot summers. Most visitors enjoy this area during long, mild fall and spring seasons.
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is located in Plains, Georgia. The visitor center is located in the former Plains High School where Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and their three sons completed their public education. The National Park Service Visitor Center is 10 miles west of Americus and no more than an hour's drive from the larger cities of Macon, Columbus, and Albany.
The State of Georgia operates a visitor center • -mile from Plains on Highway 280 East. This information center distributes tourist information for all attractions throughout the state.
To Park Visitor Center: Visitors traveling north-south on I-75. Turn off on Exit 33 in Cordele. Follow GA-280 West to Americus, and then on to Plains. Turn right at the caution light onto North Bond Street. The visitor center is located 1 block on the right. The former Plains High School serves as the museum and visitor center. The staff at the visitor center will provide a detailed map of places around Plains to visit. Visitors traveling east-west on GA-280: From Columbus, follow GA-280 east to Richland. Turn left at Richland, back onto GA-280 East.