Plains in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains, Georgia
National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
The train depot served as the Presidential Campaign Headquarters for Jimmy Carter in 1976. The depot became nationally recognized and served as the backdrop for many political speeches. In January 1977, an 18-car "Peanut Special" train departed from the railroad depot in Plains filled to capacity with supporters bound for the inauguration of the 39th President. The depot now contains a self-guided museum detailing his grassroots campaign.
The Peanut Company
Formerly the Carter Warehouse, this was the site of the family farm supply business. The company and its operating plant, as presented, is the result of Jimmy Carter's assumption of the family business in 1953 and family ownership of the plant until its sale in 1981. Billy Carter was also active in the business.
Billy Carter's Service Station
Jimmy Carter's younger brother Billy, owned and operated this gas station from 1972-1981. It was a popular place for visitors and members of the news media.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #39 James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1977.
Location. 32° 2.002′ N, 84° 23.651′ W. Marker is in Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on West Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in front of the Train Depot. 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. President Jimmy Carter (a few steps from this marker); Plains Pharmacy (a few steps from this marker); Plains City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Plains Honors Her Own Jimmy Carter (within shouting distance of this marker); Plains Inn and Antique Mall (within shouting distance of this marker); Walters Grocery Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); M and M Cash Store (about 300 feet away); Old Bank Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plains.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 394 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.