|Downtown Plains, Georgia|
|Jimmy Carter (Julianne G. Crane)|
"The rural southern culture of Plains, Georgia, that revolves around farming, church and school, had a large influence in molding the character and in shaping the political policies of the 39th President of the United States." Read more.
I first visited Plains in the summer of 1991 when I first started volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Ga., about 10 miles north of Plains. I learned that Pres. Jimmy Carter would frequently give "Sunday school classes" at the Maranatha Baptist Church. ( Click here for Pres. Jimmy Carter's upcoming schedule for presenting at the Maranatha Baptist Church.)
On my Sunday visits to Plains, after listening to President Carter lace his Sunday lessons with wisdom along with current and historic references, I would often walk the main street talking with folks and stopping in at places of interest. Here are just a few of my favorites.
|Plains Train Depot (NPS)|
Billy Carter Museum aka Billy's Gas Station
|Billy Carter Museum (NPS)|
"The famous south Georgia service station, once owned by Billy Carter, has come back to life as a museum, reflecting the former First Brother’s life and the station’s history. Billy Carter, who died in 1988, lived in Plains most of his life, managing the family peanut business for a while and in 1972 buying the old service station, which became the town hot spot during the Carter campaign. It was renovated and re-opened as The Billy Carter Service Station Museum in 2008 through the joint efforts of the University of Georgia, the Plains Better Hometown Association and Billy Carter’s family."
If you've traveled all the way to Plains, you'll want to take advantage of at least two other nearby sites that are worth the time and effort to pull off the road.
|Habit's Global Village.(Julianne G. Crane)|
A great place to learn about Habitat's work around the world is the nearby 6-acre Global Village and Discovery Center complex that has life-size Habitat houses from countries around the world. Phone: (800) 422-4828, ext. 7937.
The Discovery Center also tells the story of Habitat for Humanity, including its founding by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976 after their experience building simple, decent housing with Clarence Jordan and others at Koinonia Farm.
|Koinonia sign. (Julianne G. Crane)|
Koinonia (Greek for loving community) was founded in 1942 as an intentional Christian community. Koinonia is a "peaceful place to rest, a community that’s committed to peace and social justice, and a working farm with animals, gardens, orchards, walking trails, a store and a museum. It’s also the birthplace of Clarence Jordan’s writings, Habitat for Humanity, the Fuller Center for Housing, Jubilee Partners and many other organizations and causes." It is also a Georgia Historic Site and produces the very best dark chocolate pecan bark made on planet earth.
The Clarence Jordon Symposium and Koinonia Family Reunion is set for March 8-11, 2018, to celebrate Koinonia’s 75th Birthday.
To stay for one night or up to two weeks, click here for more information. There are RV spaces for $30 and Primitive Camping $10. Phone: (229) 924-0391, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Koinonia is only a few miles southeast of Americus along GA Hwy 49.
-- Julianne G. Crane
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