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Plains in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Cash Crops

 
 
Cash Crops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
1. Cash Crops Marker
Inscription. This fields is a small part of several hundred acres that earned a living for the Carters and the other families who lived here. Like his neighbors throughout southwest Georgia, Earl Carter mixed his plantings of cotton, corn, watermelons, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, and peanuts, hoping for a good price when it came time to haul the harvest to the railroad or cotton gin. Sugar cane grown here was crushed, then boiled down from syrup. Mr Earl sold his "Plains Maid' syrup in many local grocery stores as well as his own commissary.

The Worst Job
Young boys like Jimmy Carter hated "mopping cotton." To kill boll weevils, they mixed arsenic with molasses and water, then walked the rows with buckets and a rag mop, daubing sticky poison onto the cotton buds.

It was a job for boys and not men, and we despised this task.
After a few hours in the fields our trousers, legs, and bare feet would be saturated with the syrupy mess. Jimmy Carter, 1975 Why not the Best?
 
Erected by Jimmy Carter National Historic Site - National Park Service - United States Department of Interior.
 
Location. 32° 1.563′ N, 84° 25.937′ W. Marker is in Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on Old Plains
Harvesting cotton 1930s image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
2. Harvesting cotton 1930s
Highway, on the right when traveling west. Touch 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. Never Far from Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Legacy of an Outdoor Childhood (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 300 feet away); Tennis Court (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plains.
 
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Equipment used on the farm image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
3. Equipment used on the farm
Marker is along the fence about middle down.
Carter Farm image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
4. Carter Farm
Vegetable's that were grown on the farm image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
5. Vegetable's that were grown on the farm
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 25, 2012, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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