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    Plains High School

    by Basaic Updated Nov 11, 2009

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    Another place that greatly influenced Carter as he was growing up was school. Carter attended Plains High School. The principal and the teachers here had a strong influence on him and instilled in him a lifelong love of learning. On the school grounds is also a "Peace Garden".

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    Plains Depot

    by Basaic Updated Nov 11, 2009

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    The Plains Depot was the headquarters for the Carter Campaign for the presidency. In January 1977, the 18 car Peanut Special left here to take the newly elected president and his entourage to the inauguration.

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    plains visitor center

    by doug48 Updated Aug 11, 2008

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    the plains visitor center is a good place to start your visit to plains. the visitor center is located about 1/2 mile east of plains on highway 280. at the visitor center you can get a map of the president jimmy carter historic sites.

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    Welcome Center

    by Basaic Written Nov 11, 2009

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    As you enter Plains from the east on US Highway 280 you will see a Welcome Center on the left. Stop here to get information on the area and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. The center has some Jimmy Carter memorabilia, a gift shop and nicely landscaped grounds. There are several examples of flowers native to the area.

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    Plains the Town

    by Basaic Updated Nov 11, 2009

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    Plains Business District

    When James Earl Carter Jr. was born in Plains on 1 October 1924 it was a sleepy little farming community. Today, the main street looks very much like it did during Jimmy Carter’s childhood and Plains strives to remain a small and tight nit community. Plains is in the southwest portion of the state.

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    Carter's Boyhood Home

    by Basaic Updated Nov 11, 2009

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    When Carter was 4, his father bought this farm and moved the family to Archery, a tiny community on the edge of town. Jimmy, brother Billy, and sisters Gloria and Ruth grew up on this farm. The farm produced peanuts, cotton, vegetables, pigs, chickens and cattle. Jimmy grew up working on the farm with his father’s African-American workers, many of whom were close childhood friends.

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    Blacksmith Shop

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    Blacksmith Shop

    There was a fully equipped blacksmith shop on the farm. Jimmy would sometimes work in here repairing and making farm tools, sharpening plow points and to shoe horses and mules. His dad, however, did most of the heavier work.

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    Neighbor's House

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    The nearest neighbor to the Carter Farmhouse was the home of the Jack Clark family. Clark helped manage the Carter farm and was in charge of the barn, mules, horses and many other aspects of the farm. Carter grew very close to the Clarks and stayed with them whenever both his parents were away, This strongly influenced the way Carter viewed race relations.

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    Churches

    by Basaic Updated Nov 11, 2009

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    Carter grew up with religion as an important part of his life. He attended the Plains Baptist Church as a boy and after his presidency, joined the congregation of the Maranatha Baptist Church which had split from the Plains Baptist Church.

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    Downtown

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 8, 2011
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    There basically is the what was hotel, not 4-5 rooms and antiques, and a restaurant in old town that has 4-5 buildings in a row. They have a small museum of old facts and items related to Jimmy Carter, and mostly his youth days in school and the town where he lived. Not much to see after 1/2 at most. There are only around 300 people that live in the area, and in town, maybe 50 of those

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    Carters Boyhood Farm

    by Toughluck Written Oct 21, 2010
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    Here, Jimmy Carter grew up as the oldest in the family. His friends were local kids, all African-American and he worked with a cross section of southern communities. His father had a general store on the farm, which Jimmy helped manage, as well as working in the fields and managing the animals.

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    Carter Election Headquarters

    by Toughluck Written Oct 21, 2010

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    The old railroad station was used as the campaign headquarters for the presidential election of Jimmy Carter. Here, you can relive the drama and the excitement of his two national campaigns.

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    Visitors Center

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    Today the old high school building serves as the Visitors Center and Museum for the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

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    downtown

    by doug48 Updated Aug 11, 2008

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    downtown plains

    plains has a small business district at the intersection of CR27 and CR45. on this block there are several gift shops were you can purchase jimmy carter memorabilia.

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    jimmy carter boyhood farm

    by doug48 Written Aug 11, 2008

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    the jimmy carter boyhood farm is located on the old plains road about two miles west of plains. this is an interesting example of a depression era georgia farm. admission is free.

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