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Not only is Carthage home to a number of interesting and fun attractions, it also boasts a strong Civil War heritage. The community is filled with a rich history, affording a number of historical sites, beautiful Victorian-style homes, extensive museums and more.

Looking for a quaint lunch with friends or a home-cooked dinner to end a great day? Finding a place to eat is easy in Carthage. The area offers everything from fine dining and casual eateries to a number of fast food chains, all offering a wide variety of cuisines. Whether you are looking to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, Carthage is sure to please every palate.

After visiting the many sights Carthage offers and tasting the local flavor, visitors can relax in comfortable accommodations accessible throughout town. Overnight guests may choose from a number of hotels, exquisite bed and breakfasts or spacious RV parks with beautiful campgrounds. All lodging venues are moderately priced and offer a wealth of amenities to guests.

Precious Moments Park & Chapel
1-800-543-7975
www.preciousmoments.com.
Attractions include the Chapel, filled with hand-painted murals by artist Samuel J. Butcher; the world’s largest Precious Moments Gift Shop; the SJB Gallery, featuring works by the gifted artist of Precious Moments Park; and beautiful gardens.

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Civil War Museum
417-237-7060
Guests can browse through artifacts and obtain information about both Carthage and southwest Missouri’s roles in the Civil War. Among the vast array of Civil War artifacts is a striking mural of the ‘Battle of Carthage’ painted by local artist Andy Thomas.

Historic Phelps House
417-358-1776
www.PhelpsHouse.org
Originally owned by the family of well-known attorney William Phelps from 1845 to 1916, this Victorian-style home represents the grandeur of the era. Tours are available on Wednesdays between the months of April and November.

The Kendrick Place
417-358-0636
www.kendrickplace.org
One of the scarce number of homes that remained after the Civil War, the Kendrick Place served as both northern and southern headquarters. Tours are filled with a variety of stories from the era and other information about the Civil War in Carthage.

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Powers Museum
417-358-2667
www.powersmuseum.com
This museum houses information on Carthage’s local history, as well as a reference library and information on historic Route 66. A number of events and exhibits are also sponsored and hosted by the Powers Museum.

Victorian Home Driving Tour
417-359-8181
Carthage’s extensive collection of Victorian-style homes, built between 1870 and 1910, allow guests to envision living in the town’s opulent past. More information and audio narration are provided at the Convention and Visitors Bureau Office, located at 402 South Garrison Avenue.

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