Jimmy Carter National Historical Park facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsJimmy Carter National Historical Park
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|Location||Sumter County, Georgia, United States|
|Area||71 acres (29 ha)|
|Established||December 23, 1987|
|Visitors||51,580 (in 2018)|
|Governing body||National Park Service|
|Website||Jimmy Carter National Historical Park|
Jimmy Carter National Historical Park
Jimmy Carter National Historical Park Visitor Center
|Location||300 N. Bond St., Plains, Georgia|
|Area||0 acres (0 ha)|
|NRHP reference No.||01000272|
|Added to NRHP||December 23, 1987|
The Jimmy Carter National Historical Park, located in Plains, Georgia, preserves sites associated with James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (born 1924), 39th President of the United States. These include his residence, boyhood farm, school, and the town railroad depot, which served as his campaign headquarters during the 1976 election. The building which used to be Plains High School (opened in 1921 and closed in 1979) serves as the park's museum and visitor center. As President Carter lives in Plains, the area surrounding the residence is under the protection of the United States Secret Service and is not open to the public.
The Carters returned to Plains in 1981. The former President and First Lady Rosalynn Carter pursue many of the goals of his administration through the Carter Center in Atlanta, which has programs to alleviate human suffering and to promote human rights and world peace. When they are in Plains, Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church, which is open to the public.
It was established in 1987 by Pub.L. 100-206 as Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and renamed as a national historical park in 2021.
Visitor center and museum
The former Plains High School, which both Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter attended, now serves as the park's visitor center and museum. It features a classroom, principal's office, and auditorium which have been restored to look as they would have when Jimmy Carter attended. An exact replica of the Resolute desk, which Jimmy Carter brought back to the Oval Office to use as his presidential desk, is exhibited, as is his 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Other rooms feature exhibits that explain the lives of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, and a short video focuses on the life of Jimmy Carter according to his friends, neighbors, and family.
The farm in rural Archery where Jimmy lived from age four in 1928 until he left for college in 1941 has been restored to its appearance before electricity was installed in 1938.
The former Plains Train Depot, where Carter headquartered his presidential campaign, now serves as a museum focusing on the 1976 Presidential Campaign and Election. It features exhibits which highlight Jimmy Carter's campaign for President. The train depot operated from 1888 until 1951, when all public transportation to and from the area ceased.
The current home of the Carters, while not open to the public, is technically a part of the park. The Carters have lived in the home since 1961. During his presidency, it was used as his Summer White House.