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The Home

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

 
 
The Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2021
1. The Home Marker
Inscription.  
The Carter home is one-story containing 3,200 square feet of floor space. The opposite side of Woodland Drive contains their pond, stocked with bass, bream, and catfish for fishing, and a flagpole that was a gift from their children. When built, the home was designed so that it could be expanded.

Originally the house had four bedrooms. Renovations converted those rooms into a master and spare bedroom and an office and dressing room for Rosalynn. Four bathrooms accommodate extra guests. The home's original garage was made into an office for President Carter. A detached two-story garage was converted to a woodworking shop with guest quarters on the second story.

The Compound
The 12 acres of grounds surrounding the Carter home known as The Compound provide a wooded, private haven for the Carters. Here they enjoy activities such as walking, jogging, gardening, and fishing in the pond with their family. The Carters are especially proud of the landscaping surrounding their home. Plants given as gifts from family and friends and trees and shrubs that came from the White House provide a historical landscape
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full of fond memories of their lives.

Secret Service Protection
The Carters receive Secret Service protection 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for their lifetime. Their home is secure and no admittance onto the grounds is allowed. A tall metal security fence, which once surrounded President Nixon's home at Key Biscayne, Florida, separates the Carters' home from Woodland Drive. Children of former presidents only receive protection until age 16.

The protective responsibilities of the United States Secret Service represent only half of its mission. The Service was founded in 1865 as a bureau of the Treasury Department.

The Jimmy Carter Library
The Library and Museum at The Carter Center offer a glimpse into the Carters' family life from the early years to the White House and beyond. The Carter Center is committed to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum are located in Atlanta and are open daily. Inquiries for President and Mrs. Carter should be directed to: The Carter Center, One Copenhill Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed
Marker detail: Carter Compound Map image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Carter Compound Map
in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public Work. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #39 James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. series list.
 
Location. 32° 2.059′ N, 84° 24.034′ W. Marker is in Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on West Church Street (U.S. 280) just east of Woodland Drive, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located at the north end of a short walkway, overlooking the Carter compound. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plains GA 31780, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter (here, next to this marker); Plains City Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Plains Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); President Jimmy Carter (approx. 0.4 miles away); Plains Pharmacy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Plains Honors Her Own Jimmy Carter (approx. 0.4 miles away); Billy Carter Service Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Plains Inn and Antique Mall (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plains.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
 
Marker detail: Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter
Marker detail: Rosalynn Carter image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Rosalynn Carter
Marker detail: The Jimmy Carter Library image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: The Jimmy Carter Library
The Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2021
6. The Home Marker
(rightmost of 2 markers at this location • Carter compound in background)
The Home Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2021
7. The Home Marker
(looking northwest from West Church Street • Carter compound and residence in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 833 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 27, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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