Plains in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Legacy of an Outdoor Childhood
"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
With more acres of commercial forest than any other state, timber is one of Georgia's most profitable agricultural crops.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #39 James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1994.
Location. 32° 1.582′ N, 84° 25.936′ W. Marker is in Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on Old Plains Highway. Marker is located in Plains, Georgia on Carter Boy Hood Farm. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plains GA 31780, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Never Far from Home (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plains.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 381 times since then and 70 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.