Plains Historic District

Plains, Georgia
Plains, ca. 2005


A Multifaceted History

The story of Plains, Georgia, is a tapestry of time, with threads dating back to 1840. In the 19th century, this region was home to three distinct settlements: the Plains of Dura, Magnolia Springs, and the smaller community of Lebanon. The name "Plains" itself was derived from the biblical tale of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, specifically referencing the "Plains of Dura." In 1885, a significant turning point occurred when a major east-west railroad extended into the area. This led to the consolidation of the three settlements into one, and Plains was born. In 1888, Milton Leander Hudson, the first settler in the area, generously donated the land upon which the town was founded, including the land for the iconic depot.

From Prosperity to Peacefulness

The town of Plains, like much of the nation, was not immune to the challenges of the Great Depression in 1929. It experienced a significant decline in prosperity after years of growth and took on a new role as a quiet, Southern community.

The Carter Era

However, Plains would see a resurgence and a remarkable transformation in the years to come, thanks to a native son who would capture the world's attention. In the fall of 1970, Jimmy Carter was elected as the Governor of the State of Georgia. This marked the beginning of a new chapter in Plains' history. By 1976, when Carter became the Democratic Party's nominee for the President of the United States, the tempo of life in Plains quickened significantly.

The Plains of Today

Today, Plains, Georgia, is a tranquil and charming small town. It offers visitors a unique shopping experience and a taste of Southern hospitality and cuisine. Many individuals from all corners of the globe journey to Plains in the hope of catching a glimpse of Jimmy Carter and to witness the town where a young boy grew up to become the 39th President of the United States.

In Plains, the past and the present coexist harmoniously, creating a place that beckons with its rich history, the legacy of a remarkable man, and the enduring spirit of a warm and welcoming Southern community.

Learn more about the city of Plains.

Last updated: September 25, 2023

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Mailing Address:

300 North Bond Street
Plains, GA 31780


(229) 824 - 4104
The visitor information desk is staffed from 9 am until 5 pm daily, except for New Year's Day (January 1), Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (December 25).

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