Plains in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Never Far from Home
With a short walk around this farm you can just take a glimpse of the small, enclosed world that nurtured a future president.
Here Jimmy Carter mastered the rules and the roles he would carry all the way to world leadership. In these sun-baked fields and weathered buildings, a young boy worked hard, played fair, and shouldered responsibility: His parents, "Mr. Earl" and "Miss Lillian", raised four children to value education, community service, their Christian faith, and each other.
Jimmy Carter left his parents' farm after high school, intending to spend his life as a naval officer. When his father died of cancer in 1953, Jimmy Carter came back to his Georgia roots - but not to this home of his boyhood.
Ensign Carter married Rosalynn Smith, his sister Ruth's close friend, just after his graduation. When the Carters left their hometown for Norfolk and the Navy, neither expected that life would bring them back to Plains in seven years.
Erected by Jimmy Carter National Historic Site - National Park Service - United States Department of Interior.
Location. 32° 1.579′ N, 84° Click for map. Marker is located in Plains, Georgia on Carter Boy Hood Farm Jimmy Carter National Historic Site United States Department of Interior. Marker is in this post office area: Plains GA 31780, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Legacy of an Outdoor Childhood (here, next to this marker); Cash Crops (within shouting distance of this marker); Catch the Mules (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carter Family Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Winds of Change (about 300 feet away); Next-door Neighbors (about 400 feet away); Always a Reckoning (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Plains.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.