Rosalynn Carter

Mrs. Carter greets visitors at the Boyhood Farm.
Mrs. Carter on one of her visits to the Boyhood Farm.

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The Rosalynn Carter: First Lady From Plains, Georgia exhibit provides visitors with a glimpse into the life of a First Lady. The displays focus on her life experiences from childhood to her work in the field of mental health. It offers a unique view of the presidency through the eyes of the First Lady.

Rosalynn Carter gallery.
Inside the Rosalynn Carter Gallery.


The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Preservation District was established to benefit, inspire and educate the American people and "to preserve the key sites and structures associated with Jimmy Carter during his lifespan; to provide for the interpretation on the life and Presidency of Jimmy Carter; and to present the history of a small rural southern town." But, what about Rosalynn Carter? She worked by her husband's side supporting him both as a wife and partner. This exhibit, Rosalynn Carter: First Lady From Plains, Georgia documents the life of a once shy, small-town girl from rural southwest Georgia who grows up to inspire a nation and command the attention of the world as a strong, confident First Lady working alongside the Nation's President.

The gallery focuses on:

  • The Early Years: Growing up in Plains, Georgia
  • Military Life and The Return to Plains
  • Early Politics
  • The Governor's Mansion
  • The '76 Campaign and The White House
  • Office of the First Lady
  • The Post-Presidency and Life Today

It provides visitors the opportunity to learn about how the Carters have always lived according to a philosophy of hard work, adherence to principles, compassion, stewardship, integrity, and courage. This philosophy has its basis in the roots of the culture in which the Carters were raised.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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