Jimmy Carter sites I have seen:
Birthplace, Boyhood homes, High School, church and many other sites in his hometown of Plains, GA
Carter Center, Library and Museum Atlanta, GA
Until recently The Jimmy Carter page on this blog of mine has been the only page that I didn't have any sites to post to it. But going down to Disney, and coming back in June 2013 changed that in a big way. So here we go...
|Me at the Main Street sign in Plains, GA. Birthplace and hometown of Jimmy Carter|
|Historical marker at the former Wise Sanitarium, birthplace of Jimmy Carter in Plains, GA. It is now the Lillian Carter Nursing home, named for Jimmy's mother|
|Birthplace of Jimmy Carter, He's the first President born in a Hospital|
|Me at Jimmy Carters birthplace. I had just gotten some peanut butter ice cream from the Main St. area that was melting fast.|
|Boyhood farmhouse of Jimmy Carter in Plains, GA|
|Me at the boyhood home of Jimmy Carter|
|Living room of Jimmy Carters boyhood home|
|Plains High School. Where both Jimmy and First Lady Rosalyn Carter attended school. Now it's the headquarters of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. With a small museum inside.|
|Picture of the Carters on there wedding day. In the former High School|
|My kids and I see things from the Presidents point of view.|
|Keeping the kids in line|
|Plains Baptist Church. Jimmy Carter was baptized here and tought Sunday School here until he left for Washington to be President. He changed churches when the pastor here refused to allow a black guest speaker.|
|Jimmy, Roslyn and their 3 sons lived in this house at one point. It has been dubbed the Haunted House over the years.|
|Carter family gravesite. Jimmys parents and brother Billy are buried here|
|Me at the Carter gravesite. James Sr. Miss Lillian and Billy in the front|
|Carter historic marker in downtown Plains|
|This old train station was converted into the Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign Headquarters in 1976. It is now part of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.|
|Inside the old train station|
|Monument to Carter|
|Jimmys brother Billy ran this gas station while Jimmy was President|
|The famous smiling peanut|
|All around the center are various hand paintings that President Carter himself painted. These are paintings he made of his parents.|
|Rosalyn Carters private office when she is at the center.|
|Behind these doors is a living area set aside for the Carters when there are here.|
|I thought this was interesting|
|Jimmy Carters office when he is here. With a replica of the resolute desk.|
|A painting that Carter made of himself painting|
|A painting this Jimmy Carter made of a young Rosalyn|
|A waiting area in the Carter Center|
|Picture of Jimmy and his brother Billy. This is the last of the 'behind the scenes' pictures. It was really cool to see the area of the Center that most don't get access to. Now on to the Library - Museum area.|
|Entrance to the Carter Library and Museum area of the facility.|
|The cloths that Jimmy and Rosalyn wore on their wedding day.|
|Replica of Carters Oval Office|
|Nicky and I in the Museum|
|The sweater that Carter wore in his famous televised "fireside chat" to the nation|
|Khloe points out the Mickey Mouse ears in the display|
|The Camp David Accord was Carters proudest moment as President. It was a peace treaty that he negotiated between Egypt and Isreal.|
This next part is probably the coolest thing to happen in this hobby since I shook hands with President George H. W. Bush in 1992 at age 11. When you travel far and wide to visit a Presidents hometown, house, birthplace ect... It is usually a President long ago dead and buried. So when you see their sites you try to imagine what things were like when they were here. But when you visit Plains it is different. Because the President is still there. And is accessible if you really want to see him.
President Carter teaches Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church several times a year. I was very lucky that on the weekend I was traveling down to Disney he was teaching. So I adjusted my schedule to make sure that I would be able to attend.
A friend of mine who had attended before advised me to be there at 7am. So I did and we were the first there. But it didn't take long for others to start strolling in. The first few carloads of us hovered around our cars. When this same friend advised me to jump up to the door, via facebook, I did and became the first in line. The others quickly left there cars and got behind me. This was all very good since about 5 minutes later a large tour bus showed up. I was very glad to be ahead of them.
Doors to the church opened around 830 am. I was first in line but I had more personal affects on me. So one other guy got through before me. I then decided to take the end seat on the second row, since the first guy took the end seat on the first row. This was a great seat. Now this whole time my wife and 3 young kids were hanging out in the van watching movies. We figured that it would be rough on them trying to behave and stay still from 7 am until church was over at noon. But I started to wonder how the photo op would work out after church. I wanted them to be in the picture, but they would have to go through security at some point if they wanted to get close to a former President. So as I sat there I asked Miss Jan what I should do. She is the lady who explains the proper ways to conduct yourself around President Carter. She said to bring them on in and that there was a nursery room that they could play in during the service.
So it was all set. 10am rolled around and President Carter came up to the front to teach Sunday School. The lesson was on Hebrews and how Christians should return to the basic principles of our faith. Throughout the service I was mostly within 5 to 10 ft from President Carter as he taught. It was a good lesson and a great all around experience.
After the sermon I went in the back and round up my family and they ushered us to the front of the line with the rest of the families. As we approached President and Mrs. Carter I was holding me 5 month old son Grant, Jimmy got a big smile on his face and asks how old he was and what his name was. I answered and quickly prepared for the picture. After the picture I thanked him as my wife thanked Rosalyn. As my wife passed President Carter he extended his hand out to shake her hand. Which was kind of funny because Miss Jan instructed all of us not to extend a hand out to them. It was an amazing experience!
|Now we are back to Plains. This is Maranatha Baptist Church, current church of the Carters|
|President Carter just before Sunday School|
|My family with President and Mrs. Carter in June 2013|
In 1976 Jimmy Carter was an outsider who had nothing to do with the chaos of the 1960's and 70's up to that point. The one term Governor of Georgia campaigned hard and pulled off an impressive victory, considering few people outside of Georgia knew who he was before the campaign.
Today Carter is better known for his charitable post Presidency than his actual Presidency. Carter is now living out the longest post Presidency in American history and is also the 2nd Longest lived President in history behind George HW Bush.