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Plains businesses struggling due to government shutdown

Jan Williams speaks with WALB reporter Josh Rhoden about how the government shutdown is affecting her business Jan Williams speaks with WALB reporter Josh Rhoden about how the government shutdown is affecting her business
PLAINS, GA (WALB) -

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site draws thousands of tourists to Plains every year.

"They can get to see the boyhood home where President Carter grew up from the time he was four years old, till he went off college, then you can see the school he and Ms. Carter went to from the time they where in first grade until they graduated until the 11th has been made into a museum, and then you can see the depot where he had his campaign headquarters," said Jan Williams, Manager, Plains Historic Inn & Antique Mall

But the town is pretty empty these days.  All the sites run by the National Park Service are shut down.  That means few customers for Jan Williams at her antique shop.

"Our tourists are not stopping, the national park sites are not open," said Williams.

Williams tells WALB that on a typical day, business would be booming.

"On a normal day we have anywhere from 50 to 100 guest a day, on the weekends we have more, and now today if we had 20 people in town we are lucky," said Williams.

Since visitors can't get an official history lesson at the Jimmy Carter sites, Williams and other locals are trying to share the story of Plains with the few tourists who are showing up.

"As far as seeing what Plains is about, you can't go to the sites, but maybe you can find someone you can just talk to, we try our very best to tell the people the history although they really can't go and see it," said Williams.

Williams says Washington politicians aren't listening to the people, and they just need to do their jobs.

"If these people don't do their jobs, then maybe the people in Washington shouldn't be paid until they get their act together," said Williams.

She's hoping her business can get back to thriving and visitors can come back to Plains.

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