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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site celebrates National Park Service's 100th birthday

It's a big day for national parks as the National Park Service celebrates 100 years. (Source: WALB) It's a big day for national parks as the National Park Service celebrates 100 years. (Source: WALB)
Celebrations are happening all over the country including the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains. (Source: WALB) Celebrations are happening all over the country including the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains. (Source: WALB)
"The President and Mrs. Carter have done a lot for the community. They are bright big proponents of strengthening community relations and we want to do that as well," said Beth Wright, ranger. (Source: WALB) "The President and Mrs. Carter have done a lot for the community. They are bright big proponents of strengthening community relations and we want to do that as well," said Beth Wright, ranger. (Source: WALB)
"There's always something going on there's always something to do at the sites," said Nicole Thurston, Director of Tourism. (Source: WALB) "There's always something going on there's always something to do at the sites," said Nicole Thurston, Director of Tourism. (Source: WALB)

It's a big day for national parks as the National Park Service celebrates 100 years. 

Celebrations are happening all over the country including the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains.

Beth Wright is a ranger at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

"I tasked the staff a couple weeks ago about doing something for the centennial National Park Service," said Wright.

She said there have been a lot of exciting moments in Plains, but Thursday will be one of the greatest.

"The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is embracing the community and telling the community story as well," said Wright.

She said the site has been able to do so much.

"The President and Mrs. Carter have done a lot for the community. They are bright big proponents of strengthening community relations and we want to do that as well," said Wright.

Strengthening community relations and giving the county an economic boost.

"There's always something going on there's always something to do at the sites," said Nicole Thurston, Director of Tourism.

The site brings in 30% of all tourism to Sumter County.

"They come back into our community spend the night go out to eat shop and do things like that," said Thurston.

She said the park is not only a great place for tourists but locals love it as well.

"You have the locals an opportunity if you want to get away for a day you have these fantastic sites to go and learn," said Thurston.

Area colleges bussed students to the site for the event.

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