America's Best History Spotlight

On this page we're going to Spotlight the lesser known historic sites and attractions that dot the history landscape across the USA and are worth a visit if you're in their area. And while they may be lesser known, some are very unique, and will be that rare find. You'll be, at times, on the ground floor, or maybe even know something others don't. It'll be fun. Visit them.

George Washington Carver National Monument

George Washington Carver National Monument, Missouri

If you want to know how valuable George Washington Carver was to Black History in America, many facts stand out. An outstanding educator at Tuskegee, a master planter who invented many techniques to help rural farmers, and the fact that the national monument dedicated in 1943 to his boyhood home was the first national monument to honor a black American, or non-President, in history. The site is replete with artifacts of his entire life, but the historic trail that takes you from the Visitor Center to sites such as the original Carver cabin footprint, where George Washington Carver was born, to the 1881 structure built by Mason Carver after George had left home, to the awesome statue of him as a boy, and to the nature that nurtered his passion for plants and how to grow them. Image above: Home of Mason Carver, still on site, built 1881, 2011. Courtesy National Park Service.

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Info, What's There Now, History Nearby

Cabin footprint where George Washington Carver was born

George Washington Carver NM, Missouri

It would have been hard to believe from the modest upbringing on this Missouri farm that Carver, inspired by his surroundings, would lead to the next level of farming techniques and plant technology while teaching at Tuskegee. But it did. Despite born into slavery, despite capture as a boy, despite circumstances that would have stopped many men. But Carver, aways interest in education, was convinced that his curiousity would lead to formal education, and then a career in scientific research and teaching as well. This humble farm was its beginning, ... yes hardscrabble and hard to accept in its slavery context, but part of a history that Carver used to his advantage.

Image above: Cabin footprint of the original home of Moses and Susan Carver, approximately 14 feet square, where George Washington Carver was born. Courtesy National Park Service. Below: George Washington Carver, seated first row center, and Tuskegee Institute staff, 1902, Francis Benjamin Johnston. Courtesy Library of Congress.

George Washington and Colleagues at the Tuskegee Institute

Where Is It

George Washington Carver National Monument is located in Diamond, Missouri, southwest of Joplin. The address is 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, Missouri, 64840. Diamond is located south off Interstate 44, Exit 18A.

What is There Now

George Washington Carver National Monument

The Visitor Center with film, museum, classroom to learn of Carver's life and studies, orientation, bookstore, and observation deck. A trail circulates around the 240 acre park to site such as the original footprint of the Carver home, the 1881 Moses Carver home, the Carver Bust, Carver Cemetery, the Boy Carver statue, as well as boardwalks and vistas of the Missouri prairie that inspired Carver. There is a picnic area and plenty of parking. Most days there are two guided tours of the sites on the Carver trail.

When Open and How Much

The George Washington Carver National Monument is open daily, except for major holidays. There is no admission charge.

Fees subject to change.

George Washington Carver National Monument

History Nearby

It's Missouri, so whichever direction you've come from or wish to go, there is so much to consider for your next site to visit. There's St. Louis, gateway to the west, or following some of the Pony Express Trail or the Santa Fe Trail or the Oregon Trail or the Lewis and Clark Trail, or if you'd like to sight a battlefield, try Wilson's Creek.

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