Special Events We have a bunch of them. The Carthage CVB is great at keeping up with what is happening - give them a visit. Recurring events include The Midwest Gathering of the Artists, July 4th Celebration, Maple Leaf, Christmas Lights at the Co-Redemptrix, Chautauqua, and the Acoustic Music Festival
Kendrick House - The Jayhawkers got bored (they lived in Kansas) and came over the state line to burn Carthage to the ground. They got all but two buildings, one of which is the Kendrick House, available for tours and group dinners.
Sandstone Gardens - stunningly tasteful statuary and landscape elements mixed with a beautiful Victorian atmosphere. The impeccable tastes of the proprietors is evident in every nook and cranny.
Carthage Civil War Museum - Missouri was the only undeclared state during the war. Instead, it was a microcosm for the country - the north part of the state vs. the south. One of the earliest battles of the war (more like a skirmish, really, but it was big to us) was fought right here.
Route 66 Drive In - Who thought a drive in theater could survive and make money in the age of daylight savings time and parents who want to know what their kids are up to? It took Carthage to make this work, and work it does!
Casinos - There are a half-dozen casinos within a 45 minute drive - several within 20 minutes. Come ready to play!
Wildcat Glades - This Audubon Society center features year-round programs, great nature walks, and lots of interactive exhibits. Fun, educational, and despite the name, no actual predators that we are aware of.
Carthage Library - Carnegie, the famous philanthropist/monopolist, helped build our stunning local library with a $25,000 grant made contingent on a local tax to support the library. Check out a book, periodical, or great architecture.
Wine Tour and Wineries - Keltoi, White Rose, Yup, we are brewin' moonshine in them there hills. We've got a wine tour and everything. Gotta see it to believe it.
Phelps House - So this Colonel Phelps, or so the story goes, came home from the Civil War (which was anything but civil) and decided that he wanted to leave the big city life of Springfield, MO and build a house somewhere more rustic, which turned out to be Carthage. His mansion was passed down Carthage Historic Preservation Society and is now available for weddings, private parties, and Tours on Wednesdays only.
Jasper County Court House - The courthouse burned during the Civil War, so we needed a new one. The funds were approved by the voters in 1891, but the results were disputed all the way to the Supreme Court. A second vote was called for, and the cornerstone was finally laid in 1894 - the year after our house was built. The results were spectacular - the Jasper County Courthouse is frequently cited as the second-most photographed public building in Missouri.
Route 66 - The mother road. Come and get your kicks!
George Washington Carver - An amazing mind, put to good use. Come visit our nearest national monument - just 20 minutes from our front door.
Antique Shopping on the Square - An interesting and eclectic collection of various antique shops and malls. Take your time - there are bargains to be found.
Precious Moments - Sam Butcher created the sensation, and tends to his legacy to this day. Come visit to get a glimpse of his vision and creativity.