Historic Markers Across Georgia

Legacy of an Outdoor Childhood

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: on Carter Boy Hood Farm Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Old Plains Highway, Plains, GA
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 32° 1.582    W 084° 25.936
  32.02636666    -84.43226666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


"Why do you fish and hunt?" I'm often asked, The easiest answer is : "My father and all my ancestors did it before me. It's been part of my life since childhood, and part of my identity, like being a southern or a Baptist."

I could add that during the proper seasons, the urge within me to be in the woods and fields or along a stream is such a strong and pleasant desire that I have no inclination to withstand it.
- Jimmy Carter, 1994, An Outdoor Journal

Young Jimmy Carter heard the doctrine of stewardship- how to care for god's gifts- from his father, in his church, and at school in the Future Farmers of America. During the 1930s, he saw Earl Carter terrace his eroded fields, preserve wildlife, and plant pine trees on marginal land.

The boy who loved to be outdoors became a governor and a president known for his strong environmental stands. When he signed the Alaska Lands Bill in 1980, Jimmy Carter placed more acres into conservation than had any other president.

Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter promoted tree farming in the 1980s. Farmers like the Carters have planted so many trees that today more pines grow in Georgia than 100 years ago.

With more acres of commercial forest than any other state, timber is one of Georgia's most profitable agricultural crops.

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