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Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Carter Farm

Life on the Farm

 
 
The Carter Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 16, 2019
1. The Carter Farm Marker
Inscription.  Fountain Branch Carter brought nineteen acres of Columbia Pike from Angus McPhail in 1829 and completed his house the next year for himself, his wife Polly, and their children. The farm’s prosperity was directly connected to the four to fifteen slaves who lived and labored on it.

By 1860, Carter built a cotton gin that processed 30 bales (12,000 pounds) of cotton. He also grew wheat, potatoes, corn, and oats; he had a large apple and peach orchard; his livestock was valued at $3,000.

The farm had grown to 250 acres, and 28 slaves lived and worked here. Their lives and their owners’ were closely intertwined, and they often worked long hours beside each other, plowing, planting, and harvesting. The Carter sons – Moscow, Tod, James, and Francis – often labored alongside slaves such as Jack and Wiley.

Fountain Carter died in 1871 and Moscow Carter took over the farm. He grew more corn, wheat, and potatoes as the demand for cotton declined. He wrote, “Cotton seems so tedious and expensive to manage. I dread it.” Because it could still be lucrative, however, he continued to grow it on a smaller scale
The Carter Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 16, 2019
2. The Carter Farm Marker
Carter Gin Site and Park - the marker is closest to the camera.
into the 1880s with the help of ten laborers to help harvest and process the crop. America Carter, his second wife, wrote “It is all we can do to make a living & we all work all the time. Just so we can keep what we have & live is all we are trying to do.”
 
Erected by Historic Franklin Parks.
 
Location. 35° 54.977′ N, 86° 52.394′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on Columbia Avenue (Business U.S. 31) near Strahl Dtreet, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Carter Gin Site and Park, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Carter Farm (here, next to this marker); Main Entrenchment Federal Battle Line (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 16, 2019
3. Inset
Fountain B. Carter
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Carter Farm (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
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By Larry Gertner, June 16, 2019
4. Inset
Polly Carter
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By Larry Gertner, June 16, 2019
5. Inset
Moscow Carter
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By Larry Gertner, June 16, 2019
6. Inset
Preparing cotton for ginning, 1874
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 4, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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