Peanuts & President Carter

Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School

Did you know that President Carter still teaches Sunday School in Plains, Georgia?

Ben and  I took a trip to rural Plains, GA this weekend to attend President Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church. We explored the tiny town of Plains, visited President Carter’s boyhood home, ate boiled peanuts, peanut brittle, fresh peanut butter, peanut butter fudge, fried peanuts, and peanut ice cream.

“My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can, with whatever I have to try and make a difference.” -Jimmy Carter

Plains, GA. Home of 39th President Jimmy Carter

eating boiled peanuts on the boyhood farm of President Carter

peanut ice cream

Heart of Georgia railway

We stayed at the historic Windsor Hotel in downtown Americus, GA, built in 1892. The Carters and FDR have been guests at the hotel, and it is rumored that Al Capone along with armored guards stayed here too. The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas, complete with Bing Crosby Christmas songs playing in the background.

inside the train depot in Plains, which was the Carter campaign headquarters

Ben and I arrived at the church around 7 AM, were checked in by a full security detail, and got seats on the front row.

President Carter chose Ben to give the opening prayer, after determining there were no pastors in the room.

There was one specified time at the beginning of the Sunday School class they allowed you to snap photos, and after church there was a posed photo time with President and Mrs. Carter. (You had to stay for the church service in order to get a posed photo.) During our posed photo President Carter said to Ben, “Thanks for helping me out up there today” referring to the opening prayer.

President Carter’s Sunday School teaching schedule and FAQs are all listed online.

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