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Jimmy Carter Slept Here

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: on Carter Boy Hood Farm Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Old Plains Highway, Plains, GA
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 32° 1.601    W 084° 26.012
  32.02668333    -84.43353333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Our lives then were centered almost completely around our own family and our own home¨.
Jimmy Carter, 1975, Why Not the Best?

This is the homeplace- "hot in the summer and cold in the winter"- of a Georgia farmboy who would someday sleep in the White House. Here young Jimmy Carter ran, dodging dogs, chickens, geese, and guinea fowl. The yard was swept with sand, weeded clean to keep snakes and bugs away from the house. Behind you, a woodpile stacked high with hickory,oak, and pine for the fireplace and kitchen stoves took up much of the back yard. A chinaberry tree near the house held a treehouse where Jimmy played. As you step onto the back porch, listen for the echoes of his father, "Mr. Earl" Carter, hurrying out on some farm business, and his mother, "Miss Lillian," banging the screen door on her way to help someone with her nursing skills. You'd have found the back door unlocked.

Jimmy (far left) and his sisters poses with two friends and Annie Mae Hollis, who often kept the Carter children.

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