Historic Markers Across Georgia

Catch the Mules

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: on Carter Boy Hood Farm Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Old Plains Highway, Plains, GA
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 32° 1.545    W 084° 25.926
  32.02575    -84.4321
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Here, at the barn, the day started early.

During the ¨. seasons all the workers arose early each morning at 4:00 a.m¨¨, wakened by the ringing of a large farm bell. We would go to the barn and catch the mules by lantern light, put the plow stocks, seed, fertilizer, and other supplies on the wagons, and drive out to the fields where we would be working that day¨. and wait for it to be light enough to cultivate¨.
Jimmy Carter, 1975, Why not the best?

This 1930s photo of a Georgian barn shows a large bell like the one Jack Clark rang here one hour before daybreak. Although this is not the Carter barn, similar scenes took place here.

Before World War II, mules - not a gasoline-drive tractor - provided the "horsepower" needed to farm in south Georgia.

Erected by Jimmy Carter National Historic Site - National Park Service - United States Department of Interior.