DescriptionGeorge Washington Carver National Monument is southeast of Joplin and 2.5 miles southwest of Diamond on SR V. The 240-acre park preserves the birthplace of the noted scientist. Carver developed more than 300 byproducts from the peanut and more than 100 from the sweet potato, as well as new uses for cotton, soybeans, cowpeas and other crops.
Museum exhibits and a 28-minute film in the visitor center pertain to Carver's life and work in the field of botany and his career as a teacher of scientific agriculture. The Discovery Center gives visitors the chance to try hands-on experiments and learn more about Carver's endeavors and achievements.
A self-guiding .7-mile trail winds through woods and fields Carver walked as a boy. Sites along the trail include the birthplace site, the “Boy Carver” statue by Robert Amendola and the Carver family cemetery. Ranger-led tours are offered daily at 10 and 2. Allow 1 hour minimum. Daily 9-5; closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free. Phone (417) 325-4151.