• Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Visitor Center- Plains High School

    Jimmy Carter

    National Historic Site Georgia

National Honey Bee Day

Bee keeping at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm
Beekeepers tending to bee hives at the Boyhood Farm.
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News Release Date: June 26, 2013
Contact: Randy Dillard, (229) 824-4104 ext. 46
Contact: Steve Theus, (229) 824-4104 ext. 42

August 17, 2013 is National Honey Bee Day, and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will be hosting programs that day at 11 AM, and 2 PM at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm located on Old Plains Highway. Recently, the Jimmy Carter NHS added honey bee hives to the farm. In his book, An Hour Before Daylight, President Carter states, "One important source of income was high-quality honey, which we sold either in the comb or centrifuged to extract the pure nectar." He also says, "Daddy maintained about two dozen hives, and we processed the honey, consumed what we needed for our family, and sold the rest."

Programs on August 17, 2013 will offer information about basic bee keeping, and how to start your own hives. An observation hive will also be present, so you can see how honey bees work. The programs will be presented by DeWayne Pitts of Americus, who is assisting the Jimmy Carter NHS with our hives, Jessie McCurdy of Perry, Ga., who has over 30 years' experience in keeping honey bees, and Bryan Payne of Fort Valley, Ga., who is the current president of the Heart of Georgia Beekeeper's Association.

The public is invited to join us for these free programs about honey bees. We hope to see you on August 17, 2013 for National Honey Bee Day!

Did You Know?

Plains High School

Plains High School serves as the museum and visitor center for the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site. The school is one of Georgia's state symbols - The Official State School of Georgia. Georgia's state crop is the peanut and the state fruit is the peach.