Carter Site in Plains prepares for Cane Syrup Day

Antique tractors and engines will be on display at Jimmy Carter Site

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

PLAINS — The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will celebrate Cane Syrup Day on Saturday.

Demonstrations will be presented throughout the day between 10 a.m. and 3 .p.m. 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. Also, members from the Southwest Georgia Tractor Club and the Pike County Tractor and Engine Club will have antique tractors and engines on display.

Representatives from the National Railcar Association will be showing antique rail inspection cars. Plowing with mules and other mule demonstrations will be available, and Earl Carter’s Commissary will be open so that visitors can purchase cane syrup and other novelties.

Visitors to the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm can watch the park staff feed freshly cut sugar cane into a mule-driven cane press. Once the cane is in the press, it passes through rollers which extract the juice.

President Carter 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 at the Boyhood Farm.

Visitors at the Boyhood Farm at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site for Cane Syrup Day can experience what life was like in the 1930s.

Check for upcoming farm events at www.nps.gov/jica. For school trip information and reservations, 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.