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Food court at the Webster FL Flea Market - like eating at the fairgrounds!
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Fireworks from Disney World across the lake from the Orlando RV Park
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In The Villages, a full-fledged cattle drive greets us at the entrance to Brownwood . . .
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We ate there twice - once more than we should have . . .
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In The Villages, preferred transportation gets preferred parking . . .
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Don't see those signs too often. Didn't EVER see armadillos, either
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At the Andersonville Prison, a moving sculpture . .
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There are many monuments scattered about the grounds
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Prisoners had to scrounge materials for "shebangs", the only shelter they had
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Parts of the stockade have been reconstructed . . .
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This is the "North Branch", and was the only source of water for the prisoners - as many as 32,000 at one time
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The remaining earthworks are authentic. The cannons were brought in later
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This marshy area was where the latrines were dug - just open pits, and upstream from the drinking water
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In the national cemetery are many evocative sculptures . . .this one was given by the state of Georgia in 1976
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Red Cross founder Clara Barton helped identify and mark the trench graves of 13,000 prisoners who died at Andersonville
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After the Civil War, veterans were buried in individual graves.
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Standing separate are six graves of the "Raiders," who terrorized other prisoners until finally tried and executed by prison management
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This veteran of the Spanish American War lived to be 101 years of age
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National cemeteries are especially somber places
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Wisteria will climb all over any vertical object; in Georgia it is everywhere
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Nice way to be welcomed . . .
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The town's very proud of local boy made good . . .
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The old high school is now a museum with lots of Carter memorabilia
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Outside, the building looks like it did when Carter attended
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Inside, it's been transformed into a kid-friendly museum
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Carter was self-employed, providing products and services to area farmers. He didn't grow peanuts, but he processed and sold them . . .
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The smile was always there . . .
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Most of the museum covers the pre-Presidential years, but there are a few Presidential displays
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Carter still lives in Plains, and is there abut 75% of the time.
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If wisteria has nothing to climb, it just spreads out
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When he's in town, Carter teaches Sunday School here . . .
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It was a campaign symbol when he ran for President. Now it's a municipal artwork
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You can tour the old Carter family farm where Jimmy grew up
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Next door to the farm, a pecan tree nursery - rows and rows of newly-grafted shoots, more than 40 varieties, carefully labelled
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When we were there, a sightseeing train full of tourists was just leaving
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The family home was modest, and is now part of the national park
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Jimmy's father, Earl, ran this country store on the farm
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He sold the essentials, and during the depression, most of it was on credit or bartered
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Today, there are a few animals. The place is a demonstration farm . . .
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There were a few sharecropper cabins on the property
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When he was elected Governor, Carter sold his peanut processing plant, but it's still in use
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You don't often see a swaybacked horse these days . . .
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Just outsde Warm Springs GA is the Roosevelt Little White House.
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Today a State Park, the small estate includes a very nice museum
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There's also a central courtyard, fountain, and "parade of states" walk
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Roosevelt never drove this car himself, but it was used by his staff
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This was FDR's personal car - and he drove it himself using special hand controls
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The Roosevelt Institute had one of the best brace shops in the country . . .
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The shop built this wheelchair and these braces for FDR.
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It's said that FDR formulated many of his "new deal" programs at Warm Springs, where he saw first hand how "normal" people lived
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FDR was extremely popular, and people were always sending him gifts . . .
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The display of canes is fascinating . . .
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This vintage coach was used by the local springs spa, and FDR acquired it when he bought the spa
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A life-long stamp collector, FDR suggested many of the commemorative stamps issued during his presidency
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That's the "Little White House" - a very modest abode indeed
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That's FDR's bed, in which he died
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The servants' quarters was one of two outbuildings. The other was a similar-sized guest house
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FDR was sitting for this portrait when he suffered his fatal stroke. It was never finished . . .
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After his death, the artist painted this portrait, based on the unfinished portrait and photos taken at the time
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This prize-winning photo came to symbolize the nation's grief when FDR died
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Don't think we'll go there ... with a name like that, who would?? We'll end here and try not to think too much about it.