Honey Bee Day celebrated at Carter's boyhood home

PLAINS, GA (WALB) - August 17th is National Honey Bee Day and the Jimmy Carter's National Historic Site in Plains celebrated with programs to teach people how to become a beekeeper. The farm was once a maker of honey in Jimmy Carter's younger days and had several bee hives on the farm.

"It was a good source of income for the Carter family. Not only did they profit from selling the honey, but of course they got to eat the honey too," said Randy Dillard, Park Ranger.

The farm once had about two dozen beehives. In May, park workers added the honey bee hives back to the farm to keep the history of the site alive.

"Well once we got the honeybees going again, we started investigating more and we found out that August 17th was National Honeybee Day," said Randy Dillard.

To celebrate National Honey Bee Day, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site hosted a program so visitors can see how to start their own hives and produce honey, just like the Carter's.

"We actually contacted the National Honeybee Association and they were very helpful in getting the program started," said Randy Dillard.

Jimmy's father, Earl Carter owned a store on the farm to sell different types of honey products for the community.

"People from the town of Plains would actually come out and buy the honey as well," said Randy Dillard.

Dillard says the honey bees haven't started producing honey just yet but visitors can still see them in action.

The historic site is open every day. President Carter, himself at times, teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. 

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