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 Carthage Historic Downtown Artwalk (4th Fridays, April-September), July 4th Celebration in the Park, British Car Show and Citywide Sidewalk Sale (4th Saturday in July), Marian Days (1st Thursday in August), Midwest Gathering of the Artists (3rd Friday in September), Maple Leaf Quilt Show, Festival and Parade (3rd week of October), Christmas Lights at the Co-Redemptrix, Mayor’s tree Lighting and Christmas Parade (1st Monday in December). We also have live music at the Woodshed on Fridays at the square plus outdoor concerts in the park during summer.
Local Dining – We’ve got The Lunch Box Truck, Cave Gang Pizza, Lucky J Steakhouse and Arena, Boomer Sooner BBQ, Habaneros, Carthage Deli and Ice Cream, Mother Road Coffee, Rumor Has It, Iggy’s Diner, Bamboo Garden, Whisler’s Drive-Up, El Charro, C.D.’s Pancake Hut, and Pizza Hut (no relation).
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! Summertime, Fridays-Sundays.
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.
Powers Museum – These folks do a great job of mixing local interests and traveling exhibits. Visit their website to see what is coming next.
Stones Throw Dinner Theatre – Local folks acting in plays written by big city folks, all with dinner and a roll. What’s not to like?
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.
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.
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.
Kellogg Lake Park along Route 66, picnicking hiking, fishing and disc golf!
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.
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.
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.
Wine Tour and Wineries – Keltoi, Yup, we are brewin’ moonshine in them there hills.
George Washington Carver – An amazing mind, put to good use. Come visit our nearest national monument – just 20 minutes from our front door.
Route 66 – The mother road. Come and get your kicks!