Saturday, February 27, 2016

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is located on North Bond Street in Plains, Georgia.

Treky says, "Plains, Georgia is a very, very, very long way from nowhere".

The museum and visitor's  center is located in the former Plains High School building.

This is the old Plains High School.  It opened in 1921 and served students until 1979.  

This is the Plains Baptist Church.  Jimmy Carter was a member of this Church from childhood until he became President. He was baptized here as a young boy.  In the 1970's, President Carter and other members split from this church and organized the Maranatha  Baptist Church where he still is a member, deacon and Sunday School teacher.

President Carter's desk

Rosalynn Smith Carter's official portrait

President James Earl Carter's official portrait

This is a typical school room.  Plains High School served students grade one through grade 11.  There was no grade 12.  Students were graduated from high school when completing the eleventh grade.

Wedding day

Family portrait - Jimmy is back row right.  Front row right is Earl Carter, Jimmy's father.  His mother, Lillian, is front row second from left.

The Carter family was in the peanut business.

Today, the Carters live in a ranch style home in Plains that was built in 1961.  It is private and visitors are not welcome.  It is the only house that the Carters have ever owned.

This wraps up our two day visit to Georgia.  Next up is the Will McClean Florida Folk Music Festival near Brookville, Florida that starts the 9th of next month.  So, I won't be posting for the next two weeks or so.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Friday, February 26, 2016

Little White House - Last One

One of the Marine Sentry Post, down in the valley behind the house.

FDR's desk - This is not the one he used in the oval office.

The tub was built and installed so that FDR could grasp the sides with his hands to lift himself out.

He had this wheel chair made.  It is a regular chair with wheels - no arms.  He did not like to appear crippled.

Goodbye to FDR and Fala  - - Tomorrow, we will look at another President - Jimmy Carter and his museum in Plains, Georgia.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Little White House # 3

This walkway at the Little White House displays the flag of each of the 50 states.

All National Monuments should have a fountain and this one does.

This is called the "Bump" gate.  When the President was driving, He would ease up to this gate and gently bump it.  It was designed to open when bumped.  He was unable to get out of his car to open the gate so this arrangement worked for him.  It seems to me that he always found a "way around" his disabilities.

The President was guarded by a group of 36 Marines.  They were stationed in sentry posts like this located all around the facility.  They would each serve four hours on duty and eight hours off.

We're getting to the house finally.

The house is not elaborate.  There is a very steep drop-off behind the house.

They didn't have an electric refrigerator.  This is their icebox.  In the summer, a big block of ice would be delivered everyday from the town of Warm Springs.

This clock was stopped the minute the President died.

In the winter, they heated with a fireplace.

The bedroom

Little buttons like this are found throughout the house and were designed to be pressed in any kind of emergency.  They were wired to notify the staff of the problem.

There's still more to come on the Little White House (Maybe only one more)  Tippy and Treky are probably getting tired out there in the parking lot.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Little White House # 2

The President's Warm Springs Carriage

The Kitchen - Pretty premitive

These are the actual braces that President Roosevelt wore.

The President's secretary, Missy Lehand, used this typewriter - No computer - Not even an electric typewriter

Every good man has a good dog.  The President's dog was Fala

Lots more to come from the Little White House.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

President Franklin D Roosevelt's Little White House #1

President Franklin D Roosevelt was first elected in 1932 and he died in office in 1945.  He was elected for four consecutive terms.  He had polio and could not walk.  He selected Warm Spring, Georgia as his "get-a-way" from Washington and it was believed at that time that bathing in the warm springs would aid in his recovery.

Since this is an inside tour, Tippy and Treky stayed in the parking lot.

Museum, house and grounds entrance

Wax figure of President Roosevelt.  He smoked cigarettes constantly and used  a cigarette holder.  Throughout the house, the furniture has cigarette burns.

He was a good driver

A picture of the controls....All hand-operated.

Lots more to come from the "Little White House"

Ron, Tippy and Treky