Violet Sky in Plains, Georgia

Most popularly known as the younger brother of Jimmy Carter, Billy Carter ran this service station in downtown Plains. He is thought to be the only sibling of a president to have his own museum. Billy always hung out at the service station and eventually ended up buying the place to have it for his very own.

Billy opened the service station under his management in 1972. It was not used for its gasoline as much as it was for the bar inside and the barbeque out in the backyard. People assumed that Billy was using his popularity after his brother but locals told visitors that he had always been like that. In fact, reporters would drive out to Plains just to talk to Billy about his brother and the small town.

When Billy died in 1988, his service station was left empty. With money from local charities and Jimmy Carter, the service station was reopened as a museum to preserve the legacy of his late brother. The gas pumps are the only items left in the original spot and the prices on them show prices from 1979.

Violet Sky in Plains, Georgia

The museum is free to visit and is open most days.

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!

-Violet Sky

Violet Sky has had a life long passion for adventure! Growing up in Michigan and spending time traveling to over 31 states on family vacations by her eighteenth birthday gave her an appreciation for the open road. After finding the most beautiful beach she has dedicated her home port to Panama City Beach, Florida.


  1. How long does it take to see the museum? I admire Jimmy Carter. After he lost the election, he became a humanitarian and did a lot of good for the world. I am enjoying your posts. Safe travels!


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