Atlanta is lucky. We have one of only 13 presidential libraries in the United States. Thank you, Jimmy Carter. If it has been a while since you visited the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, or if you have never been, Presidents’ Day is the perfect time to plan a visit. No matter your politics, you will find several captivating exhibits. And, since President Carter spends a great deal of time there, you might even run into him.
Here are four ways to celebrate our nation's presidents.
The Oval Office
That’s right. Among the many exhibits at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is a replica of the Oval Office. Standing inside and gazing around, you hear recordings of actual conversations that occurred in the Oval Office when Jimmy Carter was president. Stop by the museum gift shop and pick up a pair of Mary Todd Lincoln earrings for $30. And don’t forget to visit the garden out back.
For the first time ever, the Booth Western Art Museum will be open on Presidents’ Day. That’s because the Cartersville museum, on Feb. 14, opens the exhibit, National Geographic’s "The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office.“ You’ll see photos starting with the Kennedy years and running all the way up to present day. Also on display are one-page, signed letters from each U.S. president. See them in the Carolyn & James Millar Presidential Gallery.
President Obama visited The Varsity when he was in town in 2012. Stop by the world’s largest drive-in restaurant and order what, according to various press reports, the president ordered: five chili dogs, four hot dogs and a cheeseburger. You can even purchase a can of Varsity chili to warm up for dinner at home.
Teddy Roosevelt’s Mom
President Theodore Roosevelt’s parents were married in Roswell at Bulloch Hall, the childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, Teddy’s mom. It was Mittie’s father, Major James Stephens Bulloch, who built Bulloch Hall. Check out the dining room where Mittie and Theodore Sr. said their vows.