George Washington Carver National Monument. Basic information for visitors to the George Washington Carver Monument

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George Washington Carver National Monument.

Basic information for visitors to the George Washington Carver National Monument In southwestern Missouri, near Diamond

George Washington Carver, who was born here in 1864, ascended national prominence as a scientist, educator, and humanitarian. The park preserves the historic 1881 home where he lived and a cemetery (though George W. Carver is not buried there). Kids have fun at the hands-on discovery center, and talks on local history and nature are held year-round at the multipurpose classroom facility. The monument was authorized in 1943 and established in 1953.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Hiking, picnicking, touring home and cemetery, watching film. Facilities: Visitor center, movie, outdoor interpretive exhibits. Book-and-gift shop, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Ranger-guided tours; interpretive, living-history, cultural, and nature programs; educational field trips. Black Heritage Month and 4th-grade Art & Essay Contest (Feb.), March for Parks (Apr.), Carver Day Celebration (July), Prairie Day Celebration (Sept.), Holiday Open House (Dec). Tips & Hints: Busiest in May and July, least crowded Dec. and Jan.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

 Camping: None at site. In Carthage: Ballard's Campground (U.S. 71, tel. 417/359-0359; 30 sites; $11-$15; flush toilets, showers, hookups). E3 Hotels: None in park. In Carthage: Best Western Precious Moments Hotel (2701 Hazel Ave., tel. 417/359-5900 or 800/551-7676; 121 rooms; $71), Days Inn (2244 Grand Ave., tel. 417/358-2499 or 888/ 454-2499; 40 rooms; $51-$56). X Restaurants: None in park. In Carthage: Ranch House (2937 S. Grand Ave., tel. 417/359-5200; $5-$8; closed Sun.). In Joplin: Undercliff Grill & Bar (6385 Old U.S. 71, tel. 417/623-8382; $5-$13; closed Mon. and Tues.; no dinner Sun.).  Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Diamond: Barbs One Stop (101 N. Washington St., tel. 417/325-7114).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Free. No hunting or fishing. No motorized or mechanized equipment on trails. Leashed pets only. Monument and visitor center open daily 9-5.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

10 mi east of Joplin via 1-44, take Exit 11A to U.S. 71 south, then the Diamond exit 4 mi east and travel 1 mi south. Closest airport: Joplin (15 mi).

 

George Washington Carver National Monument (5646 Carver Rd., Diamond, MO 64840, tel. 417/325-4151, fax 417/325^231,). Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau (222 W. 3rd St., Joplin, MO 64801, tel. 417/625-4789 or 800/657-2534). Carthage Chamber of Commerce (107 E. 3rd St., Carthage, MO 64836, tel. 417/358-2373, fax 417/358-7479). Neosho Chamber of Commerce (Box 605, Neosho, MO 64850, tel. 417/451-1925, fax 417/451-8097).

 

George Washington Carver National Monument.

Basic information for visitors to the George Washington Carver National Monument In southwestern Missouri, near Diamond