Local area events for this year

MAY 2018

Downtown Walking/Architecture Tours – The Americus Welcome Center is offering tours Monday-Friday, and one Saturday each month, at 3:30 PM. Schedule may vary. Historic cemetery tours also are scheduled this spring. Please call Steve Short at 229-928-6059 for tour schedules, costs, and other information.   


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First Friday Americus – Downtown Americus

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Old Farm Day – Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm – Plains
10 AM-3PM
The Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm in the Archery community outside Plains will host this special event, which is free and open to the public. The event highlights farm life in the “good ol’ days.” The staff and volunteers at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will demonstrate various facets of young Jimmy Carter’s life such as plowing with mules, blacksmithing, basketry, and bee keeping. An antique tractor will be on display. Guided tours also will be offered at the farm on May 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. For information, call 229-824-4104.

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Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Plains
President Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. Visitors must arrive early. For more information, call 229-824-7896.

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National Peace Officer Memorial Day Ceremony – Americus
12 Noon
The Americus Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department will mark this day with an event at the Russell B. Thomas Public Safety Building, 119 S. Lee St. The event takes place at 12 noon. For more information, call Mark A. Scott, chief of police, at 229-924-3677, Ext. 329.

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SAM Shortline – Sumter Special train ride
10 AM
Boarding begins at 9:30 AM at Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear. Train departs at 10 AM and arrives in Americus at 11:10 AM, then departs at 1 PM. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-877-GA-RAILS.

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Avenue of Flags – Andersonville National Historic Site
The annual Avenue of Flags in celebration of Memorial Day weekend begins. Flags will be raised in the National Cemetery. For information, call 229-924-0343.

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SAM Shortline – Americus Explorer train ride
9:30 AM
Boarding begins at 9 AM at downtown Cordele Depot.  Train departs at 9:30 AM and arrives in Americus at 11:20 AM, then departs at 2 PM. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-877-GA-RAILS.

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Memorial Day Flag Placement – Andersonville National Historic Site
9 AM-Noon
Flags will be placed at grave sites.

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Memorial Day Observance Program – Andersonville National Historic Site
2 PM
Information for groups interesting in laying a wreath can be found by calling 229-924-0343.

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Memorial Day – Andersonville National Historic Site
Also, on Tuesday, May 29, removal of flags from grave sites will take place. For information, call 229-924-0343.

JUNE 2018

Downtown Walking/Architecture Tours – The Americus Welcome Center is offering tours Monday-Friday, and one Saturday each month, at 3:30 PM. Schedule may vary. Historic cemetery tours also are scheduled this summer. Please call Steve Short at 229-928-6059 for tour schedules, costs, and other information.   


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First Friday Americus – Downtown Americus
5 PM – 8 PM

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SAM Shortline – Americus Explorer Train Ride
9:15 AM
Boarding begins at Downtown Cordele Depot at 8:45 AM. Train departs at 9:15 AM and arrives in Americus at 11:25 AM. Train departs Americus at 1:40 PM. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-877-GA-RAILS.

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Red, White & Blues Festival – Americus
5-9 PM
This new event takes place at the new train depot on Jackson Street. It marks the “unofficial unveiling”  of the depot. Grammy-nominated musician Cedric Burnside and Hot Sauce Opera will perform blues-style music. Barbecue and other food and drinks will be sold. Tickets: $15 early bird; $20 advanced; $25 at the gate; and $50 VIP.  For more information, call Patrick Kay at 229-924-4411, Ext. 235.

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Jimmy Carter Sunday school class –
 Plains
President Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.  Visitors must arrive early. For more information, call 229-824-7896.

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SAM Shortline – Sumter Special Train Ride
10 AM
Boarding begins at 9:30 AM at Georgia Veterans State Park Depot at Lake Blackshear. Train departs at 10 AM and arrives in Americus at 11:25 AM. Train departs Americus at 1:15 PM for Plains. For information on this and all other SAM Shortline rides, call 1-877-GA-RAILS.

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Plains, Trains & Fireworks – Downtown Plains
6 PM
Visit former President Jimmy Carter’s hometown for this third annual fun event. Fireworks will light up the town at dusk. The SAM Shortline train will depart from the Cordele Depot at 6 p.m. for this special ride to Plains. For information, call 229-938-3835, 229-928-4825, or 229-276-2554.