Archive for October, 2012

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Today’s photo was taken in front of the Jimmy Carter Boyhood home in Sumter County, Georgia.

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Jimmy Carter boyhood home

About 2 miles west of Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County, is the boyhood home of the 39th President.  The home and the grounds have been restored and are part of the National Historic Site.

The Carters ran a general store which sat next to the home.  Young Jimmy often had his Saturday dinner interrupted when a customer came to buy something, and his dad sent him to wait on the customer.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tennis court on a farm, but the Carters had one.

Before the home was equipped with “running water” the outhouse was the bathroom.

I’ve visited many historical presidential sites but I think my trip to Plains might be the most fascinating.  Carter is certainly not one of the more significant presidents to serve but when you visit Plains you in fact visit a living historical site.  Living in the sense that the focus of that history is in fact living here to this very day.  No matter where else I travel I doubt I will ever encounter a place like this ever again.

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More in Plains

I continued my day in Plains, Georgia.  Next to a gas station is this larger than life peanut with a famous set of choppers.

When I stopped at the visitors center at the old high school, the National Park Ranger asked if I was going to be in town “on Sunday.”  Apparently Mr. Carter gives the Sunday School lesson and the pubic is invited to attend.

The Carter home is about the only place in town related to the former president that is not open to the public.  The home is just beyond the fence and has been their residence since 1961!

There are numerous “no parking” signs outside the property as well as this sign.  I was surprised there were no secret service vehicles out and about like there were at the Bush compound, however I did see a beat up pick up truck several times that made me wonder if it was undercover?  The home is already part of the National Historic Site and will open to the public after Mr. and Mrs. Carter “move on.”

On the Old Plains Highway, west of Plains is the “haunted house.”  It now seems to belie its moniker.  The Carters rented this home from 1956 – 1961 before moving into their own home.

The Lebanon Cemetery is the final resting place of Carter’s parents and brother.

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Plains, Georgia

Today I visited Plains, Georgia, the birthplace and home of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter.  Plains is a very small town.  So small that it seems that everyone there personally knows Mr. Carter.

Carter was born at the Wise Sanitarium, which is now a nursing home.

The old Plains High School, where Carter attended, is now the visitors center and museum.

On July 7, 1946, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter married at the Plains United Methodist Church.

The Carters returned to Plains in 1953 after the death of Carter’s father to run the family business, the Carter Warehouse.  I stopped inside and saw the office the future president worked out of prior to occupying the oval one.

For one year they lived in unit 9-A of the Public Housing in Plains.

When Carter ran for president in 1976, he ran his campaign out of this building, the former train depot, supposedly because it was the only building in Plains with a public restroom.

Nearby is Billy Carter’s Filling Station, now a museum.  This is the station made famous by the media when they came calling on Carter’s brother.

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Today’s photo was taken from the Charles Lindbergh monument at the Jimmy Carter Airport in Sumter County, Georgia.  Here, at what was known as Souther Field, Lindbergh made his first solo flight in October, 1923.

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