An Experience at Jimmy Carter’s Campaign Headquarters
This historic train depot lies in downtown Plains, Georgia, an area known to be the birthplace and lifelong residence of Jimmy Carter. Since the 1970s its legacy is remembered as the headquarters for Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Campaign.
The depot has been standing at this site since 1888. It’s main purpose was initially for passengers and the transportation of agricultural harvests.
In 1975, Jimmy Carter took over this small depot as his campaign headquarters for the presidency of the United States. This establishment saw one of the first surges of major interest in the Plains area and tourists began searching to visit the city that Carter came from.
While Carter’s campaign was managed mostly by local friends and family, his national attention grew quickly.
Violet Sky’s Visit
During my adventure to Plains, Georgia I discovered that there was a lot of historic sites that were established to commemorate Jimmy Carter’s hometown, election and presidency.
The election headquarters were very neat to explore as you would not expect a presidential campaign to be organized out of an old train depot in rural Georgia. It is amazing how much memorabilia from the election has been documented and put on display at this site.
Most of the sites are free to visit and open almost every day of the year. All within walking distance are a majority of the multiple historic sites.
How to Visit
Today you can explore the train depot to explore the years of memorabilia from Carter’s campaign. Visitors even have to option to listen to the tale of his rise to presidency.
The museum is free to visit and is open to guests from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for major holidays. The site is recognized as a National Historic Site by the National Parks Service.
It is located in downtown Plains at the corner of Main Street and Hudson Street.
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