Plains Travel Guide

  • Jimmy and Roslyn in Past Times
    Jimmy and Roslyn in Past Times
    by BruceDunning
  • Layout map of area
    Layout map of area
    by BruceDunning
  • Main Street
    Main Street
    by skipbourque

Plains Things to Do

  • Downtown

    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...

  • Country Peanut Heaven

    This is, or used to be the peanut capitol of the world because of all the peanuts grown and processed in the area. Now maybe the only nut left is Jimmy Carter, who still resides here.

  • Carters Boyhood Farm

    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.

  • Carter Election Headquarters

    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.

  • Plains Depot

    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.

  • Visitors Center

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

  • Plains High School

    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".

  • Churches

    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.

  • Neighbor's House

    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...

  • Farm Supply Store

    The Carters also maintained a small store on their property and sold seed and other farming supplies to neighboring farmers. This expanded into a much larger business away from the farm.

  • 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.

  • Feed the Animals

    If the ranger is around, he/she can give you some food and you can feed the animals. This would be great fun for the kids.

  • The Barn

    The barn was an important part of the farm where they could store some of the produce and shelter the animals.

  • Carter's Boyhood Home

    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...

  • Plains the Town

    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.

  • Welcome Center

    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.

  • downtown

    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.

  • plains visitor center

    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.


Plains Hotels

  • Plains Historic Inn

    106 Main Street, Plains, Georgia, 31780, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Plains Local Customs

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    Bottle Trees

    by Basaic Written Nov 11, 2009

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    Also on display outside the Welcome Center is a bottle tree. Bottle trees come from old southern black culture and has its roots in the animistic spiritualism and totemism of several African tribes. The bottles are placed on stripped branches that point upwards. The belief is that spirits are attracted by the brightly colored bottles, enter them, and are trapped. When the wind blows and the bottles make noise that is the sound of the trapped spirits sighing. Today these trees are more often made for decoration than for spiritualism; but they are still a pretty and interesting reminder of southern culture of the past.

    Bottle Tree
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