The Plains Better Hometown Program receives no tax
funding and is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Our funds
are mostly raised from special events and sale of merchandise. Donations
and contributions to the Plains Better Hometown Program are tax
If you wish to make a
donation or contribution please use the Donation Voucher. A receipt
for your donation or contribution will be mailed to you upon receipt.
Our program consists of 16 board members and one paid program
coordinator. The purpose of the Better Hometown Program is to stimulate
tourism and keep our Historic Downtown vital for both our visitors and
local residents. Some of the things the Better Hometown Program have
the community is the
Plains Inn and Antique Mall. This facility was
originally build in 1910 and after much work was refurbished and opened in
May 2002. The Inn occupies the upstairs and offers seven suites, each
decorated to represent a different decade beginning with 1920. The
downstairs is an Antique Mall with numerous vendors and many treasures.
In addition to seeing the need for lodging and retail the Better Hometown
Program saw the need for a community facility for our local residents.
They began refurbishing an old bat infested warehouse and with dirt
floors. The old warehouse soon became the Plains Community Center. It's
location behind the Plains Inn & Antique Mall make it the perfect place
for parties, reunions, community functions, business meetings, wedding
receptions and occasionally a wedding in the courtyard that fronts the
center. The Centers brick walls, wooden floors and rustic beams make it
beautiful for all occasions.
Currently the Better Hometown Program is working to restore an interim
home of President and Mrs. Carter, where they lived with their three
sons from 1955-1961, also known as the Haunted House. The house was
built before 1853 and has many stories that can be told about it.