We had a 140 mile drive one way to get there. Plains Georgia was once a small spot on the map few people had ever been to except to pass thru on Hwy 280. A little boy Jimmy Carter was born 1 Oct 1924 to loving parents who worked hard on a 360 acre farm. Earl and Lillian Carter had 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. The farm about 2.5 miles to the south of town had no electricity, no running water and everyone had to "run out back" to the little outhouse. Jimmy lived in the home you'll see when you visit, till he left town for the U. S Naval Academy. When Jimmy came home once for leave, he met Rosalyn Smith, they later married in 1946 when he graduated from the Academy. Jimmy and Rosalyn came back to Plains to stay when Earl died. Jimmy and Rosalyn built a big business of peanuts and cotton. Jimmy worked on the local school board, was a State Senator, Governor of Georgia and President. He gives much credit to his upbringing and a school teacher/principal Miss Julia Coleman.
This National Park Historic Site has 4 separate sites. First, we visited the Plains High School which acts as the visitor center for information and direction. Second is Carter Boyhood home and farm, where Jimmy lived about 14 years. Third, is the Plains Depot, next to the railroad tracks and it was the campaign headquarters for his presidential run. Fourth, is the current Carter home which is closed to the public but you drive by it on your way to the farm. Other places of interest are; Haunted (Rylander) house, Maranatha Baptist Church, Billy's Gas Station, Business District, the "Grinning Peanut", the Lebanon Cemetery.
We had expectations of needing to spend only a few hours, there is more to learn about this amazing couple than we figured. Yes, it was a full day and we didn't really see or learn everything.