Plains in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Winds of Change
Purchased from a catalog in 1935 for about $100, a steel windmill like the one reconstructed here provided the Carters a welcome reprieve from the drudgery of pumping water for both the family and livestock by hand.
Windpower drew water from a deep well and raised it to the wooden tank on the tower. Pressure from that tank made it possible, for the first time, to have running water inside the house, supplying the new convenience of lavatory, commode, and a cold shower.
Experience here on the farm and in the nuclear navy gave Jimmy Carer insight about energy resources not dependent on oil.
As president he stressed the nation's need for innovative energy solutions, such as this California windmill farm.
Family photos, such as this snapshot of Lillian Carter with Jimmy and his sister Ruth, helped guide the reconstruction of this windmill.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Man-Made Features.
Location. 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. The Carter Family Garden (a few steps from this marker); Tennis Court (within shouting distance of this marker); The Earl and Lillian Carter Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Always a Reckoning (within shouting distance of this marker); Jimmy Carter Slept Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cash Crops (about 300 feet away); Legacy of an Outdoor Childhood (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plains.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.