George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri

See this statue of young George Washington Carver along the walking trail. Photo Jeff Hobson

George Washington Carver’s boyhood home consists of 210 of the original 240 acre Moses Carver farm. Highlights of this National Monument include the Discovery Center a walking trail. Your visit to the National Monument is free. George Washington Carver once said, “If I know the answer you can have it for the price of a postage stamp. The Lord charges nothing for knowledge and I will charge you the same.”

Discovery Center and More
The Carver Discovery Center is free. George Washington Carver believed education and knowledge was meant to be shared. If he could see the children flocking to the Carver Discovery Center, he wouldn’t be surprised. He was child born into slavery. Carver once lived on the farm that still continues to inspire and build confidence in students of all ages.

You will enjoy the 3/4 mile Carver Trail, awalking trail that winds through the woodlands and tall grass prairie. Along the trail, see the Carver Birthplace Site, Carver Boyhood Statue, Carver Spring, Williams pond and spring, Moses Carver 1881 house and the Carver family cemetery. Bring a bottle of water and wear sturdy walking shoes, it’s a beautiful and informative walk through history.

The Boy

Kid's curiosity is sparked at the Discovery Center. George Washington Carver never ran out of questions. Photo by Jeff Hobson.

Carver was a frail boy and was not required to help with heavy farm chores. He spent days investigating insects, tree bark, leaves, ferns, seeds, and talking to wildflowers in the woods and farmland of Moses and Susan Carver. Today, that 1918 farm is the George Washington Carver National Monument.

Be sure to check the Schedule Of Events and Things To Do as you plan your trip. The calander is filled with special events like Summer Junior Rangers, Carver Exprtiments and, Archeological Investigations.

The interactive Carver Discovery Center will guarantee the legacy of the curious little boy who talked to flowers. “Carver’s George” left the farm and set out on his own at age 10, just so he could go to school. Determined to learn, he struggled to get an education, suffering poverty, prejudice, humiliation and starvation.

George never married or had children He spent time with his students at Tuskegee and the Tuskegee Institute became his family.

Carver died January 5, 1943 at the age of 79. He is buried on the campus of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL where he taught agriculture classes for 47 years. On his grave is written the summary of his life: “He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.” He is buried beside his friend Booker T. Washington.

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Details: George WashingtonCarver National Monument
The monument is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri, on Highway V, then ½-mile south on Carver Road. Address: 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO 64840 Phone: 417-325-4151

Diamond is about 18 miles from Joplin, 15 miles from Carthage, 65 miles from Springfield, Missouri.

Open daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Latitude: 36° 59′ 8″ Longitude: -94° 21′ 4″ website.