Night Museum National Prisoner of War Museum – (Andersonville, Ga)

Night Museum National Prisoner of War Museum – (Andersonville, Ga)

When: Saturday, January 25, 2015

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Location:  Andersonville National Historic Site
496 Cemetery Road
Andersonville, GA 31711

Experience the National Prisoner of War Museum and the historic prison site after dark in our new Night Museum Program.

From 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., the National Prisoner of War Museum will be open for a rare night-time opportunity to view the museum exhibits and experience the prison site. The main entrance gate will re-open at 5:45 p.m. and the museum will open at 6:00 p.m.

At the National Prisoner of War Museum, the exhibits, museum and bookstore will be open. At 7:00 p.m. a special program will occur in the museum theater. From the courtyard at the rear of the museum, the path to the prison site will be illuminated by candle lanterns, allowing access to the reconstructed northeast corner of the prison site. Among the replica shelters will be living history volunteers, portraying the often-overlooked winter period of the prison in 1864-65.

During this night-time event the prison site tour road and the Andersonville National Cemetery will be closed.

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President Carter Teaches Sunday School

President Carter Teaches Sunday School

President Jimmy Carter Teaches Sunday School

President Jimmy Carter has been teaching Sunday School since his teenage years. He continues in that calling today at Maranatha Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to join us for President Carter’s class, but there are a few things you will want to be aware of before coming. Please read through these frequently asked questions, and if you still have questions or concerns, feel free to email us at: [email protected].

When: Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Time: Sunday School Class Time: 10:00 a.m. ET

Worship service is at 11:00 A.M

Location: Maranatha Baptist Church

148 Ga. Hwy. 45 N.

Plains, Georgia 31780

Photo: Frank Kavanaugh


What time does President Carter’s Sunday School class begin?

President Carter’s Sunday School class (along with children’s classes) begins at 10:00 A.M. EDT. The church building opens at 8:30 with an orientation time beginning at 9:00. You will want to arrive before 9:00 to ensure seating and to hear all instructions presented during the orientation hour.

Where does the Sunday School class meet?

The class meets in the Maranatha Baptist Church sanctuary, which seats approximately 300 people.

When does the worship service begin?

The worship service begins at 11:00 A.M

Is there a provision for taking care of young children?

Yes. We have classes for all ages.

If the sanctuary reaches its maximum capacity before I arrive, can I still experience President Carter’s teaching?

Yes – but you may need to sit in our Fellowship Hall which serves as an overflow space for the class. A 36-inch television set gives the group a good view of President Carter as he teaches. He will stop by the Fellowship Hall first and personally greet the overflow crowd before going on to the sanctuary. Though we rarely need to utilize this space for Sunday School, there are occasions where the crowd is simply too large to fit in the sanctuary.

Can I make a reservation for me and my family?

No. We are unable to take reservations.

Will I be able to take a picture of the Carters?

Yes. There will be a short time at the beginning of the lesson to take pictures of President Carter while he greets the congregation.

Additionally, President and Mrs. Carter, depending on their schedule, remain long enough after worship for each visitor or group to have a photo taken with them. We have persons who will gladly offer to take a picture with your camera. Both still cameras and video recorders are permitted.

Can I leave the church after Sunday School and come back later for pictures?

You are welcome to leave after Sunday School, but you cannot come back for pictures with President and Mrs. Carter. Pictures are only available to those who remain through Sunday School and worship.

Can I get an autograph?

No. The Carters have stated that they do not give autographs at the church.

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code at Maranatha – you are welcome to wear whatever feels most comfortable. A majority of guests will be dressed somewhere between “business casual” and “Sunday best,” but several folks will also be wearing blue jeans and a casual top. Either is perfectly acceptable to us.

What about security?

The U. S. Secret Service provides constant security for President and Mrs. Carter. All persons entering the church building are subject to search. You may bring in your camera and purse, but leave any scissors, pocketknives, or other metal objects in your car.

I have additional questions – how may I contact you?

Please feel free to E-Mail your questions to: [email protected]
This email account is monitored Monday-Thursday.

What are the physical address and the mailing address of the church?

Physical address: 

148 Georgia 45 North
Plains, Ga. 31780

Geology Day at Providence Canyon State Park

Geology Day at Providence Canyon State Park

Providence Canyon is one of the great geographic wonders of the eastern United States.

Join Interpretive Ranger Trena Evans for a closeup view of this most unusual park.

Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

$5 admission

$5 parking

For more information and to register call 229-838-4706

Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area – Lumpkin, GA

Christmas in Plains Train Ride (Cordele, GA)

Christmas in Plains Train Ride

When: Saturday, November 29, 2014

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Make Reservation  (52 Coach seats, 3 Wheelchair spaces)
All Premium seats are reserved.
All Hawkins seats are reserved.

Get your tickets today so you can enjoy a relaxing evening on SAM Shortline as we travel to Plains in time for all the lights in Plains to glow brightly.  President and Rosalyn Carter will throw the switch to light up the town.  There will be a Christmas parade and music to put you in the spirit of Christmas.  Special plans are in store as we have word that SANTA will be joining us on our excursion.   Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

4:15 pm    Depart Ga. Veterans State Park
No stop in Americus
5:45 pm    Arrive Plains
6:00  Lighting of town
6:10  Christmas parade and music
7:30 pm    Depart Plains
9:00 pm    Arrive Ga. Veterans State Park

Regular excursion ticket prices apply.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase while on board (Americus & Hawkins car passengers only).
Coach cars are alcohol-free.

Event Phone: 229-276-0755

Georgia Veterans State Park – SAM Shortline Platform
2459 U.S. Highway 280 W
Cordele, GA United States 31015
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Archery Explorer Train Ride (Cordele, GA)

Archery Explorer Train Ride

When: Saturday, November 22, 2014

Time: 10 AM to 4:50 PM

Make Reservations – Order Tickets Securely Online

Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage train cars, you will travel from Georgia Veterans State Park, across Lake Blackshear to Plains, Archery and back. Explore President Jimmy Carter’s boyhood farm, go shopping and sample peanut butter treats.

Groups and parties welcome.

10:00 am     Depart Ga. Veterans State Park
11:00 am     Arrive Americus (layover 1 1/2 hours)
12:30 pm     Depart Americus
1:00 pm     Arrive Plains (layover 1 hour 15 minutes)
2:15 pm     Depart Plains
2:25 pm     Arrive Archery (layover 40 minutes)
3:05 pm     Depart Archery
3:20 pm     Depart Plains
3:55 pm     Depart Americus
4:50 pm     Arrive Ga. Veterans State Park

Event Phone: 229-276-0755

Georgia Veterans State Park – SAM Shortline Platform
2459 U.S. Highway 280 W
Cordele, GA United States 31015
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