Earl Carter, Sr. and his family moved
into this farmhouse in 1928. The house
was heated by fireplaces or wood stoves
and did not have running water or
electricity until 1938. The Carter
family lived in this house until 1949.
Like most boys, Jimmy enjoyed spending
much of his time outdoors. His bedroom,
however, was the place where he kept
many of his collected treasures. Postcards,
letters and souvenirs sent to him
by his Uncle Tom Gordy, who was in
the Navy, sparked dreams of far away
places and a future naval career.
Coming in this room from school each
day, the Carter children first stopped
by the black desk which they had nicknamed
"Mother." Their mother's
nursing career kept her frequently
away from home. She would write down
chores for the children and leave
their "to do" list on the
desk. The family gathered around the
battery-powered radio following the
evening meal to listen to favorite
programs, news and sports events.
Much of the food in this home was
produced in the Carter's fields, garden,
pasture, and yard. Cooking and canning
using the wood cookstove made food
preparation an extensive process.
The heat from the woodstove added
warmth to the home during the cold
winters but was not welcomed in the
Finally getting an indoor bathroom
was a big event in the Carter family.
No one complained about bathing in
the cold shower with the water coming
directly from the tank on the windmill.
Notice the unique showerhead - a bucket
with holes in the bottom! An even
greater blessing was not having to
walk outside and across the yard to
go to the outhouse.
Barns and sheds were an important
part of the Carter's farm. They had
storage sheds, a milking barn, a harness
shed, a pump shed and a large barn.
The large barn was considered to be
the gathering point and life of the
Here you see a windmill like the one
installed by Earl Carter in 1935.
He ran pipes from the large holding
tanks to the farmhouse and finally
they had running water in their home!
The country store run by Earl Carter
was an important part of the farm
and the Archery community. Food items,
household goods and clothing items
were sold here. It was too far to
travel three miles to Plains during
the week, so the people who lived
around the Carter's farm would buy
their "goods" here.
and Jack Clark were a tenant farm
family that lived on the Carter's
farm. Both of them were an important
part of Jimmy Carter's childhood.
Jack was admired for the hard work
he did on the farm.
Rachel was also a hard worker who
enjoyed taking young Jimmy to the
creeks and streams to go fishing.
Some of Jimmy Carter's most cherished
memories of his childhood include
the strong sense of family and friendships
established while living in Archery.