Local area events for this year



  • Stop by the Visitor Center for a copy of the Historic Homes Driving Tour
  • Order take-out from any of our local restaurants and have a picnic at Rees Park
  • Explore two historic cemeteries
  • Visit the place where Charles Lindbergh took his first solo flight
  • Play disc or footgolf at Americus KOA
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of the Historic Windsor Hotel or Rylander Theatre
  • Shop Saturday morning at Lenny’s Market (Farmers Market)


  • Pick up a homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream cone from Bobby Salter’s Plain Peanuts
  • Shop in the beautiful antique & boutique shops on Main Street
  • Pick up take-out and have a picnic at the Plains Visitor Center
  • Explore Jimmy Carter National Historic Site grounds
  • Walk the streets where a former president lives!


  • Explore Pioneer Farm and Drummer Boy Civil War Museum
  • Grab take-out and head to Andersonville National Historic Site for a picnic
  • Shop the local antique shops and grab some ice cream
  • Visit the national cemetery and grounds of the former POW camp


  • Explore the towns and stop by the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum
  • Take the boat out to Lake Blackshear and relax on the water
  • Take a drive down the winding roads through beautiful pecan orchards
  • Head to SAM Shortline at Lake Blackshear and take a ride on the train!


SAM Shortline – Plains Express
10 AM
Call 1-877-GA-RAILS for more information.

SAM Shortline – Sumter Explorer
9 AM
This trip includes a 2-hour layover in Americus.
Call 1-877-GA-RAILS for more information.

SAM Shortline – Presidential Flyer
10 AM
Call 1-877-GA-RAILS for more information.

Plains Christmas Lighting – Downtown Plains
Enter a three-man team in the first annual Plains Sleigh Race. No motors – just old-fashioned man/woman power! The winner will the grand marshal in the parade. Awards will be given for “Most Creative” and “Most Team Spirit.” The contest is open to Plains businesses, churches, town government, clubs, and individuals. For information on rules, call Kim at 229-928-4825 or stop by the Friends of Jimmy Carter office.


Harvest of Hope Food Pantry – Plains
The food pantry once again will provide the ingredients for a Christmas meal in December to all who come. The churches and Plains community are asked to donate boxes or pouches of stuffing/dressing mix. Donations may be dropped off at Plains City Hall. The deadline is Sunday, Dec. 6. For more information, contact Cindy Williams at 229-886-8966.

“One Holy Night Christmas Concert” – Americus
2 PM, 7 PM
Americus First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Lee St., presents its Christmas holiday concert to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  The Dec. 13 concert will begin at 2 PM, and the Dec. 14 concert will begin at 7 PM. You can pick up free tickets or reserve online. For more information, call 229-924-3169.

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