February 18, 2013
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Presents
Plains, Georgia: The Jimmy Carter
National Historic Site invites you to a Presidents' Day Celebration full of
history, artifacts, and a visit from the great Rough Rider President,
On February 18, 2013, we will
begin our Presidents' Day Celebration with a discussion of presidential
memorabilia by Dr. Laurence Cook of Cook and Cook Antiques and Home
Furnishings, Inc. and Cook and Cook Estate Liquidators of Plains,
Pennsylvania. He has been invited to lecture several groups on the various
aspects of presidential history.
Dr. Cook has been a lifelong
collector of presidential memorabilia and a subsequent presidential
historian with an expansive collection of Theodore Roosevelt campaign and
presidential material. The lecture entitled Amazing Presidential Facts,
Coincidences and Unique Relationships will begin at 11:00am in the
auditorium. It will cover interesting facts on each President from George
Washington to Barack Obama. After the lecture, Dr. Cook will be on hand to
answer questions on his collection and autograph his new book
"Presidential Coincidences, Amazing Facts and Collectables" which will
be on sale in the bookstore at Plains High School.
We will also have as our very
special guest, the Rough Rider President, Theodore Roosevelt. Joe Wiegand is
regarded by many as the nation's premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor. He
brings T.R. to life with an unparalleled grasp of history and an uncanny way
of quickly convincing the audience that they are in the company of Theodore
Roosevelt. As Theodore Roosevelt, Wiegand shares stories from a lifetime of
service and adventure, ranging from cowboy excitement in the Dakotas to the
charge of the cavalry up the heights of Santiago de Cuba. The audience can
join T.R. on an African safari and an exploration of Amazon River jungles
and hear tales of building the Panama Canal, a modern Navy and a vibrant
information call: (229) 824-4104
The National Park Service / Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Please check for upcoming events at
www.nps.gov/jica. For school trip information
and reservations, please visit
www.jimmycarter.info or call the historic site
at (229) 824-4104. There is no charge for this event or to visit the
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
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March 13, 2013
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site to
dedicate new exhibits in the Plains Depot
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will be unveiling new exhibits in the
Plains Depot on March 13, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. President Carter will be in
attendance and will speak on the importance of the depot. After the brief
talk, President Carter and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will hold
a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The train depot, the oldest structure in
Plains today, gained national notoriety in 1976 during the presidential
campaign of Jimmy Carter. The building was leased to the Carter Peanut
Warehouse in the 1970s when Governor Jimmy Carter decided to run for the
presidency. He used the train depot in Plains as a center for his
presidential campaign. The building was cleaned and painted by Jimmy
Carter's friends and family and officially opened on Easter Sunday, 1976.
Dedicated volunteers at the depot greeted thousands of visitors arriving
daily to Plains to learn more about candidate Jimmy Carter. Their hard work
and dedication paid off on November 2, 1976, when Jimmy Carter was elected
the 39th President of the United States.
Following an emotional send-off by the
president-elect himself, the "Peanut Special", an 18-car Amtrak train,
pulled away from the rural Plains train station on January 19, 1977, and
headed for Washington, D.C. bearing 382 proud and joyous Southerners who had
chosen to take the historic 18-hour journey to attend the presidential
inauguration on January 20, 1977.
The train depot continued to be a popular
tourist attraction during President Carter's term of office. Today the depot
stands as the most recognized symbol of the community of Plains and the 1976
Carter presidential campaign.
22 & 23, 2013
3rd Annual Peanut
Classic Baseball Tournament
April 13, 2013
Click here to print application form.
April 27, 2013
Park-To-Park Bike Ride: Andersonville NHS to
Jimmy Carter NHS
Georgia to Plains, Georgia: It's time to bring that old bike out of
storage in the garage, knock off the dust, oil the chains, pump up the tires
and check the brakes. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is partnering
with Sumter Cycling, the River Valley Regional Commission, and the
Andersonville National Historic Site to host the annual Park-to-Park bike
ride from the Andersonville National Historic Site, through Americus, GA, to
the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site on April 27, 2013 during National
What better way to
start off the warm season than with a bike ride through Sumter County to
rejuvenate your passion for the open road. The ride will begin at the
National Prisoner of War Museum parking lot located at the Andersonville
National Historic Site, continuing through historic Downtown Americus,
Georgia and on to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains,
Georgia. That's not all though; this year the ride boasts the option of a
full loop back to Andersonville with an additional rest stop in Ellaville,
Registration will begin at
8:00am at the Andersonville National Historic Site.
There is a cost this year -
$15 for the half ride to Plains
(includes a shuttle back to Andersonville)
$20 for the full ride (includes
a lunch voucher)
Rest stops will be provided
along the way, as well as a support vehicle for minor mechanical issues and
information and updates visit
www.facbook.com/JimmyCarterNHS, or contact:
Jimmy Carter NHS: 229-824-4104
Andersonville NHS: 229-924-0343 RVRC: 706-256-2910
May 4, 2013
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Host "Old Time Farm Day"
Old Time Farm Day
will be held Saturday, May 4th, from 10:30a.m. until 3p.m. at
the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm located in Archery, Georgia, just west of
Plains. This special event, which is free to the public,
highlights farm life in the "good ol' days." Demonstrations will
include plowing with mules, blacksmithing, and peanut boiling. Earl
Carter's Country Store will also be open and you may purchase items from
it. Buy a postcard, and a representative from the Plains Post Office
will be on hand to stamp and postmark your purchase.
Make plans to visit the Boyhood Farm at Jimmy Carter National Historic
Site for Old Time Farm Day. You may check on upcoming events at:
www.nps.gov/jica and for school trip information and reservations, please visit:
or call (229) 824-4104 for more information. There is no admission
charge to visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
August 17, 2013
National Honey Bee Day
Celebrated at Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm
Saturday, August 17, 2013
DeWayne Pitts and Ranger Randy Dillard checking hives at the Jimmy Carter
Plains, GA - August 17, 2013 is National Honey Bee Day, and the Jimmy Carter
National Historic Site will be hosting programs that day at 11 AM, and 2 PM
at the Boyhood Farm located on Old Plains Highway. Recently, the Jimmy
Carter NHS added honey bee hives to the farm. In his book, An Hour Before
Daylight, President Carter states, "One important source of income was
high-quality honey, which we sold either in the comb or centrifuged to
extract the pure nectar." He also says, "Daddy maintained about two dozen
hives, and we processed the honey, consumed what we needed for our family,
and sold the rest."
Programs on August 17, 2013 will offer information about basic bee keeping,
and how to start your own hives. An observation hive will also be present,
so you can see how honey bees work. The programs will be presented by
DeWayne Pitts of Americus, who is assisting the Jimmy Carter NHS with our
hives, Jessie McCurdy of Perry, Ga., who has over 30 years experience in
keeping honey bees, and Bryan Payne of Fort Valley, Ga., who is the current
president of the Heart of Georgia Beekeeper's Association.
October 5, 2013
Carter National Historic Site Presents
"La Fiesta En El Parque" 2013
Plains, Georgia: Enjoy authentic food, festive
music, traditional dances, arts and crafts, and a
children's carnival as part of "La Fiesta En El
Parque" 2013. The festival is scheduled for October
5 at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains,
GA from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be
nonstop entertainment taking place on stage at Jimmy
Carter National Historic Site's main visitor center
Plains High School. Havana Son and other local
groups will be performing traditional Mexican music
and other Latin rhythms like salsa, son, boleros,
cumbia and meringue.
The children's area will include an obstacle course
and playground area located at Plains High School.
Children can have their face painted and enjoy games
and arts and crafts. Booths with information about
health, education and social services will be
located in the festival area at Plains High School.
A "Taste of Latin America" will be set up on the
grounds of Plains High School. This area will host a
variety of typical dishes from different countries.
The festival is free and open to the public. For
additional information, contact Steve Theus at
229-824-4104 ex 42. You can also visit our Web site,
November 16, 2013
Click here to print application
Jimmy Carter National
Historic Site Hosts "Cane Syrup Day"
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Carter National Historic Site is pleased to announce
the celebration ofCane Syrup Day, Saturday, November
23, 2013. Demonstrations will be presented
throughout the day between 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This
event will highlight cane syrup making in the "good
old days". Demonstrations will include cane
stripping, cane squeezing, syrup making, corn
shelling, and blacksmithing.
Visitors to the Jimmy
Carter Boyhood Farm will enjoy watching the park
staff feed the freshly cut sugar cane into the mule
driven cane press. In the press, the cane is passed
through rollers to extract the juice.
wrote about how sugar cane was turned into syrup on
his father's farm in his book An Hour Before
Daylight. President Carter's childhood memories are
kept alive through living history demonstrations on
the Boyhood Farm.
Make plans to visit
the boyhood farm at Jimmy Carter National Historic
Site for Cane Syrup Day and experience what life was
like in the 1930's.
Please check for
upcoming farm events at www.nps.gov/jica. For school
trip information and reservations, please visit
www.jimmycarter.info or call the historic site at
(229) 824-4104. There is no charge for this event or
to visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
December 14, 2013
Carter National Historic Site to host candlelight
tour of Carter
Tis the season as the saying goes, and what better
way to start off the Christmas season than with a
candlelight tour of Jimmy Carter's Boyhood Home?
On December 14, 2013, the staff of the Jimmy Carter
National Historic Site will be dressed in period
attire and will be offering guided tours through the
decorated boyhood home of the 39th President.
Come stroll through the Boyhood Home and see the
decorations created by the residents of the Sumter
County Retirement Center in Plains; listen to
interpreters presenting President Carter's memories
and hear how these memories are special to him
still; and see if you too can catch the
The guided tours will last 45 minutes and will start
at 6:30 p.m. and will end at 8:00 p.m. Registration
for this event is limited to 20 people per group,
per time slot,and time slots can be reserved by
calling the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site at
229-824-4104 ex 17.
Please check for upcoming events at www.nps.gov/jica.
For school trip information and reservations, please
visit www.jimmycarter.info or call the historic site
at (229) 824-4104. There is no charge for this event
or to visit the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
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