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Started in the late 1960s as a marching band competition, the annual Maple Leaf Festival received its name thanks to Mother Nature. Every year, surrounded by an array of glorious fall colors, the city of Carthage proudly welcomes 80,000+ visitors to this wonderful fall celebration.
Every year, on the third Saturday of October, the biggest day of the festival begins with the largest parade in Southwest Missouri. This keystone event begins at 9 a.m. and ends around noon. The parade route begins on the Carthage Historic Square and ends at the Carthage Middle School.
Numerous events are scheduled throughout the day to entertain young and young at heart including Willie Arthur Smith's Marching Cobras; an art and crafts festival; car and dog shows; quilt show; food vendors; and live entertainment.
The rest of the festival is filled with a variety of activities including a 5K/10K, beauty pageants, baby and toddler contests, dog skill competition, gospel sing, and a lip-syncing competition. Currently in its 48th year, the Maple Leaf Festival offers family style fun in a home town atmosphere.
Artists from all over the region come to Carthage to paint our beautiful city on October 15 and 16, 2014. The event will culminate on the 16th, with a show and sale starting at 6 p.m. that evening at Cherry's Art Emporium on the Square.
This website offers information about the history of the Civil War in Missouri as the state prepares to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the war, which was fought 1861-1865.
Throughout the site, you'll find details about Civil War battles that took places in Missouri, such as Wilson's Creek and Pilot Knob; the people who played a significant role in the war, such as Ulysses S. Grant and Sterling Price; and resources for educators, where links to lesson plans and teacher's guides are available. Information about upcoming Civil War events around Missouri can be found on the site, which also features videos about the war and its impact on the state.
You'll also find information about Civil War-related attractions in Missouri, such as the Old Courthouse, Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, and Calvary Cemetery, to name a few.
People interested in getting involved with Civil War Sesquicentennial events may use the website to submit their e-mail address if they'd like to receive more information about volunteer opportunities, as those opportunities become available.
Located in the historic district, All Things Grand is a gift shop offering a unique selection of fine gifts and decorative accessories, lamps, pictures, accent furniture and baby gifts. Lines carried include, among others: Wilton Armetale; Beatriz Ball; Abigails; Mariposa; Uttermost; Nouvelle candles; Archipelago candles; Two's Company; Toland.
A Bridal Registry is available, featuring china, crystal & flatware from: Waterford; Wedgwood; Vera Wang; Spode; Mikasa; Gorham; Lenox; Dansk; and Reed & Barton.
A second location is in the Gryphon Building, 1027 S. Main St., Joplin, Missouri.
Enjoy the opportunity to sample every day at Annie's, a regional destination offering wine, spirits, culinary treats and gifts.Stop in and peruse over 300 labels and sample your newest favorite. Contact us to find out if we have your favorite and if we don't, we'll get it for you.
This not-for-profit art organization offers exhibitions, classes, workshops and seminars in the visual arts. Gallery artwork is available for purchase. Continuing exhibits of work by area artists on display. Call to verify hours of operation.
Shaded, pull-through sites; tent sites; restrooms and showers; propane. There is a catch-and-release pond and a gazebo. Rental unit available.
This is the location of the final confrontation of a 12-hour Civil War battle on July 5, 1861, where 6,000 Southern troops forced Union soldiers to retreat to Sarcoxie. An interpretive shelter explains the history of the battle. The site is unmanned and is managed by Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site in Lamar.
This Best Western showcases one-of-a-kind Precious Moments artwork, created by Samuel J. Butcher, including paintings and silk screen artistry; also a Precious Moments gift shop.
We are located three miles from the Precious Moments complex.
Good paved/gravel interior roads. 63 total spaces. Available: 55 gravel, patios, mostly shaded. 46 pull-thrus (27x70), back-ins (20 x50). 47 full hook-ups. 8 w/s-only sites that are 30 amp, extended- stay sites, big rig sites, digital cable, svc, WI-FI, tent sites available.
Restrooms and showers, dump station, laundry facilities, LP gas, fire pits and firewood, ice. Playground, Horseshoes, Rally Barn, game room with darts and pool table. ECO-FRIENDLY, PET FRIENDLY
Boots Motel is located at The Crossroads of America (the intersection of historic U.S. Route 66 and Route 71). Built in the 1940s, this icon of Route 66 is once again open for tourists after a hiatus of nearly 20 years.
Rooms are restored to their 1940s era appearance with hardwood floors, ceramic-tile showers, built-in dressers and air conditioning. There are no TVs, but we have kept a promise made by Arthur Boots, the original owner: “A radio in every room.”
Each room features one or two double beds. For families, a lock-off is available, with two double beds in one room and one double bed in the second room. Experience what automobile touring was like "back in the day."
Our Mission Statement: To improve the overall business climate for our members and quality of life for the community through sponsorship of programs which promote civic and economic development, stimulate growth, and support relevant political action.
The Carthage Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit organization devoted to enhancing and supporting new and existing businesses in the community.
Since its incorporation in 1932, the Chamber has served as a mainstay for its members, uniting hundreds of businesses and professional firms, plus dozens of business-minded individuals to create a unified voice working to improve business and build a stronger community. The Carthage Chamber also focuses on creating jobs by stimulating economic growth, and promoting quality of life for the entire community.
To further enhance the Chamber's mission, the Board of Directors formulates a Program of Work which details our goal-oriented projects each year. Committees are then assigned these goals based on areas of interest. Each committee contains a chairperson and several Chamber members to provide direction and assist in the committee's tasks. Call the Chamber at (417) 358-2373 or by email at email@example.com for more information on how you can become involved in these dynamic committees.
A museum filled with information and artifacts covering the Civil War Battle of Carthage and the Civil War in southwest Missouri.
There is a display on the outlaw Belle Starr, who grew up in Carthage during the Civil War.
Carthage, Missouri, is a unique crossroad of architecture, history, art and inspiration. Established in 1842 then burned to the ground during the Civil War, the town was reconstructed during the Victorian era.
Along with the tri-state mining boom of the late 1800s and early years of the 20th century, a diverse and robust economic profile was created for Carthage. Its families, businesses and industries as well as its social organizations, left the town with a legacy of architectural marvels that are now featured in four districts listed on the National Registry (comprising of over 600 buildings) including one of the largest residential districts in Missouri. These structures housed people and enterprises whose impressive tales continue to intrigue travelers today.
Civil War guerillas, Wild West outlaws, powerful capitalists, Ragtime music makers, and women's rights pioneers, have left their marks on Carthage history.
Contact us to build your vacation itinerary complete with attractions, events, hotels, meeting facilities, sports, dining and shopping. Group planning includes: Historic Homes Tour; Jasper County Courthouse Tour; Civil War Tour; Route 66 Tour; Maple Leaf Tour; and a Holiday Tour.
We serve sandwiches such as Reubens, turkey clubs and French dips. We offer more than 50 flavors of cappuccinos. Our breakfast items include omelets, biscuits and gravy, burritos and scramblers. For an afternoon treat, enjoy an old fashioned ice cream soda or your favorite flavor of shake or smoothie.
We are located on the northwest corner of the square in the old Bank of Carthage building. Our ‘50s decor affords route 66 travelers a relaxing stop.
A variety of locally grown plants and produce, as well as homemade jams, jellies and baked goods are offered on the north side of the historic Carthage square from dawn to mid afternoon on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the growing season.
New 9-hole Frisbee Golf Course in the scenic setting of Kellogg Lake along Route 66 in Carthage, Missouri.
Carthage Golf Course is an 18-hole, public course. The original nine holes, designed by Mike Farlow, opened in 1937. The second nine holes, designed by Don Sechrest, opened in 1982. The entire course was renovated in 2003, by Craig Schreiner.
We have Bermuda fairways, zoysia tee boxes, and L93 bentgrass greens. Practice facilities include a large putting green, chipping green, pitching green, and a sand bunker.
We are staffed by PGA professionals and a GCSAA superintendent.
Our Stratford house architecture is unique. We are three miles from Precious Moments Park and Chapel; one mile from Industrial Park; two miles from Jasper County Courthouse, Powers Museum, Battle of Carthage Park, and the downtown.
A Carnegie library built in 1904 has a wide selection of books and periodicals and offers computers with Internet access.
Cherry's is a fine art gallery representing such great artists as Andy Thomas, Lowell Davis, Bob Tommey, and Jerry Ellis, to name a few. Dealing in original works of art of all mediums; we also carry Historic Carthage prints and note cards.
Add some country charm to your upcoming event. Call us for a tour of our newly-remodeled rustic two-story Wedding and Event Barn. Planning a wedding or wedding reception? Looking for the perfect venue for a company party or family reunion? Hankering for some roadway racing? Searching for the right place for your upcoming outdoor event? We have just what you need.
The events complex has perfect Americana venues for indoor or outdoor weddings, receptions, company parties, business conventions and family reunions. The Wedding Barn & Events Center two-story events facility accommodates up to 86 guests in the second floor all and 64 guests in the first floor hall, seated at round banquet tables. The Wedding Barn & Events Center also includes modern climate-controlled restrooms, a bridal dressing room, and a catering preparation room.
Across the landscaped Wedding Barn courtyard is our pole barn, with a shady picnic or dining area. The area includes a 2.5-acre pond and 5K trail winding through the property's meadows, forested parcels and wetlands. In addition, the Civil War Ranch has an indoor arena, currently configured as a go-kart racing venue.
Whether you're planning a wedding or wedding reception, looking for the perfect venue for a company party or family reunion, searching for the right place for your upcoming outdoor event -- the Civil War Ranch has just what you need.
An 80 site RV park with 60 pull-through sites that can accommodate any type of RV, as well as 20 back-in sites which feature concrete patios at your door. All sites have full utilities including 50-amp electrical hookups and filtered, pressure regulated water. All paved interior roads; cable TV hookups; phone connections; laundry; Wi-Fi; and large climate controlled club rooms.
Colonial House is a destination store featuring Colonial, Early American reproduction, and high end country and primitive furnishings. We sell only American made furniture and many American made furnishings for your home.
We offer everything for your home from custom lighting, prints, upholstered furniture, wood furniture, textiles, and many accessories.
Perfect for business and leisure travelers, this Comfort Inn is two miles from the KCI Airport. Complimentary shuttle service to the airport, 4:30 a.m.-11 p.m. We offer a free hot breakfast, 5 a.m.-9 a.m.
Indoor salt-water pool and hot tub. We offer rooms with king beds and rooms with double queen beds.
Visit our website for details and reservations.
Self-catered style allows you to be at the cottage with no other guests. Breakfast fixings are in the fridge ready for you to get up when you want and prepare as you like. Rustic and comfortable cottage beside Shoal Creek, three miles from Joplin. Holds six adults and three children.
Ten acres of solitude are yours. Fish right outside the front door. Watch wildlife from two full-length decks. Birdwatchers: your life-list may lengthen greatly. Common area in the woods for bonfires and picnics. A great place for a girls get-away, romantic retreat, women's retreat or family gathering. Extended stay rates available; reduced rates Tuesday-Thursday. Air-conditioned.
Circa 1893 Queen Anne Victorian with original stained glass windows. Four guestrooms with antique furnishings.
Business rates available. Home tours and special Murder Mystery Weekends by appointment.
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