George Washington Carver National Monument
George Washington Carver National Monument is located in Newton County in southwest Missouri and is composed of the tract of land that was the 240-acre farm of Moses Carver. The farm was the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, the distinguished African American scientist and educator who become known for his work at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
On my way to Carthage, I started seeing signs for the George Washington Carver National Monument. Since the day was already spoken for with 2+ hours of driving, I figured what's another hour-and-a-half if I get to visit a park and see a place that I hear about fairly often. It was a brisk day, but the sun was out, and actually not a bad day to walk a trail. The trails are well maintained, the grounds are beautiful, and the history lessons on display in addition to George Washington Carver's outlook on life provide a minor respite from our current political climate. I definitely recommend stopping by if you're in the area. The museum on the grounds has quite a bit of information on display and while I spent more time on the trail than I did in the museum you can definitely tell that a lot of care goes into this place.
I've been coming here since I was little. So many memories... Now I get to share this beautiful pace with my child. It's a great way to step bank in time and inspire greatness from humble beginnings.
Interesting place to learn about Professor George Washington Carver . . . Botonist, environmentalist, and artist . . . He taught farmers about the importance of crop rotations. The family cemetary is on site as well as the family home from the 1880's. The first US monument dedicated to an African American. There is also a nature trail.
Its a beautiful place, lots of trees, great free place for a family picnic or reunion. There is a 25 minute movie that explains George's life with pictures. Very interesting. Also many displays to look at and read yet more information. One of very few parks that is totally free to enjoy. Go see it!
This is an interesting stop al9ng the way and it helps to read about him before you find the statue.