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A Stop at Billy Carter’s Service Station

Most popularly known as the younger brother of Jimmy Carter, Billy Carter ran this service station in downtown Plains. He is thought to be the only sibling of a president to have his own museum. Billy always hung out at the service station and eventually ended up buying the place to have it for his very own.

History

Billy opened the service station under his management in 1972. It was not used for its gasoline as much as it was for the bar inside and the barbeque out in the backyard. People assumed that Billy was using his popularity after his brother but locals told visitors that he had always been like that. In fact, reporters would drive out to Plains just to talk to Billy about his brother and the small town.

When Billy died in 1988, his service station was left empty. With money from local charities and Jimmy Carter, the service station was reopened as a museum to preserve the legacy of his late brother. The gas pumps are the only items left in the original spot and the prices on them show prices from 1979.

Violet Sky’s Visit

While in Plains, Georgia there are plenty of President Carter sites to explore. I found during my journey to the quaint southern town that most of these sites are all within a short walking distance of each other.

How to Visit

The museum is free to visit and is open most days. It is located at Highway 280 between Bond and Hudson Streets. It is also within walking distance to several other Jimmy Carter sites.

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!

-Violet Sky

Billy Carter Service Station, Plains, Georgia
Violet Sky at the Billy Carter Service Station, Plains, Georgia
Billy Carter Service Station, Plains, Georgia
Violet Sky at the Billy Carter Service Station, Plains, Georgia

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