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Mule Day provides glimpse of the past

October 28, 2006

Plains - - In today's faced-past, modern society, we often forget the good ole days of how Southern living used to be.

A National Historic site in Plains is trying to re-capture that lifestyle and teach it to those who don't know a thing about it.

It's a little bit of what makes South Georgia. Country living, friendly people, life on a farm. One family came from Durham North Carolina to experience life here in the 1920's.

"She was surprised they didn't have electricity. I'm trying to tell them before those things weren't available," says Jose Villasenor regarding his young daughter.

People made the best out of what they had. On the boyhood farm of former President Jimmy Carter, park rangers made that clear. Demonstrating how Blacksmiths and Carpenters provided the needs of the everyday people. President Carter was one.

"He was. In no short terms he was. Back then, he wasn't guaranteed to go to the navy so next thing that would follow is a farmer because his father was a farmer," says Park Ranger Gabriel Laster.

Mules helped farmers with manual labor essential to making the necessities. A member from the Georgia Plow Club brought his two 4 year old mules to give folks and up close and personal look at how well mules can be trained.

From shelling corn, to tasting sugar cane, the 500 visitors at the national park learned a little bit of everything.

"It also gives kids and grandparents that tie. Many of the grandparents remember boiling peanuts and peanut country, making butter, cutting cane and making syrup, but the new generations don't know about that," says Park Superintendent Lizzie Watts.

Not until now. 

This is the 2nd Mule Day for the National Historic Site. They plan to do a couple every year.

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