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Catch the Mules

 
 
Catch the Mules Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
1. Catch the Mules Marker
Inscription. Here, at the barn, the day started early.

During the ... seasons all the workers arose early each morning at 4:00 a.m...., wakened by the ringing of a large farm bell. We would go to the barn and catch the mules by lantern light, put the plow stocks, seed, fertilizer, and other supplies on the wagons, and drive out to the fields where we would be working that day... and wait for it to be light enough to cultivate...
Jimmy Carter, 1975, Why not the best?

This 1930s photo of a Georgian barn shows a large bell like the one Jack Clark rang here one hour before daybreak. Although this is not the Carter barn, similar scenes took place here.

Before World War II, mules - not a gasoline-drive tractor - provided the "horsepower" needed to farm in south Georgia.
 
Erected by Jimmy Carter National Historic Site - National Park Service - United States Department of Interior.
 
Location. 32° 1.545′ N, 84° 25.926′ W. Marker is in Plains, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on Old Plains 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.
Catch the Mules Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
2. Catch the Mules Marker
Jimmy Carter here in 1970, notice the tractor. During the span of lifetime, machines had taken the place of mules. The nearby pumphouse and buggy shed also stored tools, harness and equipment.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Cash Crops (within shouting distance of this marker); Next-door Neighbors (within shouting 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); The Carter Family Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Winds of Change (about 400 feet away); Tennis Court (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plains.
 
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Catch the Mules Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
3. Catch the Mules Marker
The Bell image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
4. The Bell
Catch the Mules Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 19, 2012
5. Catch the Mules Marker
 
 
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 245 times since then and 24 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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