Old Time Farm Day is Saturday

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, May 5, 2016

PLAINS — Have you ever wished you could go back in time? Perhaps you’ve imagined transporting yourself back to ancient Egypt, or the Roman Empire, or maybe to Imperial China, the Ottoman Empire, or Renaissance Europe? Unfortunately, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (JCNHS) can’t help you with this level of time travel. However, you can be transported back to Archery, Georgia, circa 1937! The staff of the JCNHS welcome you to join them for Old Time Farm Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.
This special event, which is free and open to the public, highlights farm life on the Carter farm prior to the purchase of their first tractor during World War II. Visitors can witness demonstrations that will give them a greater understanding and appreciation for the farming days of old. Demonstrations will include plowing with the site’s two mules, sisters Belle and Bird, blacksmithing, and peanut boiling, a task a young Jimmy Carter would have undertaken as a means to supplement his income as a young boy.
Visitors are encouraged to embrace the day’s festivities as they walk along paths a young Jimmy would have traversed. Guests are encouraged to listen to the sounds of the natural world that surrounds them as they make their way around the miniature version of the original Carter farm. Listen as the wind whistles through Miss Lillian’s pecan orchard, or as the fire crackles beneath the boiling peanuts. Imagine the sound of a screen door slamming behind a young Jimmy heading back into the fields to work, or the humming of Rachel Clark as she sweeps her yard. Let your imagination run wild at our Old Time Farm Day.