Day 1: Lodging for your two night stay will be at the grand 1892 Windsor Hotel. This historic property gives the feeling that one has stepped back into the days of Queen Victoria, smoking jackets and corsets.
The Windsor is an architectural wonder with an open three-tier atrium lobby of carved golden oak, marble floors, softly glowing chandeliers and romantic Round Tower Suites.
Tonight you will enjoy dinner on your own in one of Americus, Georgia’s charming local restaurants.
Day 2: After a delicious hotel breakfast you’re off to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site – the town that cultivated a president. He was raised on Baptist principles and peanut farming. His mother was a nurse who dedicated her time to the poor and his father ran a farm and a small country store. He walked along the railroad tracks to town to sell peanuts, and when he said he’d grow up to be President, he meant it. The 39th U.S. President and his First Lady Rosalynn still call Plains home. Today, Plains is part of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site overseen by the National Park Service.
Visit the Plains Depot, now a museum to the 1976 Presidential campaign, Carter’s boyhood home in nearby Archery, GA; attend a Sunday School lesson taught by Jimmy Carter, and the Plains High School Museum & Welcome Center with Carter memorabilia.
The museum also tells the story of the town of Plains. Browse in the little shops downtown followed by lunch at Mom’s Kitchen in Plains. “All Aboard!” The nostalgic tune of a train whistle is bringing visitors to Americus from all over the country. Riding in air-conditioned, 1949 vintage cars, you’ll enjoy a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitement of today’s South.
While the train travels past pecan groves and country farms, it stops in Americus, Cordele, Leslie and Plains. This evening savor the sophisticated Southern fare when eating in the elegant yet casual Grand Dining Room of the Windsor Hotel.
Day 3: Breakfast this morning is followed by a visit to Habitat for Humanity International – see where this house-building ministry started and learn about its life-changing work around the world.
Groups who arrive early on day 1 may visit the Andersonville Civil War Village. This charming village boasts museums and antique shops and a feeling of long ago. During the War Between the States, the town of Andersonville served as the supply center for the Confederate prison.
Next visit Andersonville National Historic Site, operated by the National Park Service, and tread the solemn ground marking the site of the Civil War’s largest prison where nearly 13,000 Union soldiers died.
The story of captivity is told in the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only park in the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war throughout the nation’s history. The 495-acre park consists of the historic prison site and the national cemetery.
Then depart for home.