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Let’s Go: Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

Step into historic Plains, Georgia where President Jimmy Carter grew up.

Plains High School was founded in 1921. It operated as a high school until 1979. In the 1930s and 40s, it was considered among the best schools in the state of Georgia and that’s primarily due to the work of this progressive educator Miss Julia Coleman.

The historic classroom at Plains High School is a major draw. About 13,000 school children who visit annually at PHS. One of the things they enjoy the most is what their school classroom is like now and what they were like back in the 1930s.

There are two historic houses on the farm at the historic site. It’s managed as an exhibit farm, but there are many functional features throughout. Buildings like a blacksmith shop a mule barn a milking barn are scattered across, but the most popular building is Jimmy Carter’s boyhood home.

The intent is to tell the story of what this barn would’ve looked and felt like about 1937.

The Plains Depot was the hub for Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign. This building was constructed in 1885 and was the first building erected in Plains.

Jimmy Carter is Plains, Georgia’s most renowned native son. He has journeyed the world in a sense as an ambassador for this community and has brought a lot of those worldly influences here as well.

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