Thursday, May 31, 2012

Home of the 39th President

Wednesday, May 30 – I honestly have to say that I never thought I’d be in Plains, Georgia.  However, when a road trip route takes you within 20 miles of a significant U.S. Presidential site, I think you have to see it.  Unfortunately, we were within TWO historic presidential sites after 5pm, and we were tight on time to get to our destination for the evening.  The other site was Warm Springs, FDR’s “Little White House,” where he also died.  And while one might argue that FDR played a little more of a significant role in our nation’s history than Jimmy Carter… we chose Jimmy.  It was closer to our route, we thought we might be able to see a little more with the museum closed, and he’s still alive and lives in town, so maybe we’d bump into him…

Well, we didn’t see him, but there was a great sign at the city limits (in case you didn’t pick up on it, we love good signs), a really nice museum site at the old Plains high school operated by the National Park Service (which we also love), a “historical” downtown with Jimmy Carter’s campaign headquarters, which looks frozen in time from the late 1970s, and to top it off, a rockin minivan for the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

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