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George Washington Carver National Monument
The land where famous African American agronomist, educato,r and humanitarian George Washington Carver was born and raised has been preserved inside this 240-acre national park, located about 15 minutes southeast of Joplin.
Joplin City Tour with a local step on guide
- Cunningham Park, Butterfly Garden – step off (15 minutes)
- Downtown historic building walking tour 2 to 3 blocks (Central Christian Church [original Fox Theater], Frisco Building, Joplin City Hall [Newman’s Department Store]) (1 ½ hours)
Historic Home Tour in Murphysburg. Several of Joplin’s founding fathers built grand homes in this residential area, which sprang up in the 1880’s just west of the downtown district. Many of these regal homes stand proud today, representing a variety of architectural styles such as Craftsman, Queen Ann, American Foursquare and Eclectic. This is Joplin’s oldest neighborhood, and in 2015 the Historic Murphysburg District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dinner, wine tasting and music at Keltoi Winery. Just north of Joplin, Keltoi Winery offers a taste of the Emerald Isle all throughout the year. In winter, visitors can warm themselves with a cup of hot spiced wine while cozying up to the fireplace inside the Cottage, and during the summer months they can cool off with a chilled white wine under the twinkling lights of the covered porch. Established in 1997 by Erv and LeeAnn Langan, Keltoi Winery produces over a dozen types of wines, including Irish Raindrops, a smooth, semi-sweet white wine that’s a customer favorite; the Norton, a superb dry red wine made from Missouri’s state grape; and fruit wines, such as apple and pear.
Lunch at Red Oak II
Take a trip to yesteryear and stroll along the gravel path to view the re-creation of an early 20th-century country village, featuring a general store, country church, one-room schoolhouse, town hall, a 1920’s cottage-style Phillips 66 gasoline station, Belle Starr’s home, and much more.
Precious Moments creator Samuel J. Butcher founded this chapel in 1989 as a way of saying “thanks” to God for everything good in his life. The chapel features 84 hand-painted murals and 30 works of stained glass. This place of quiet reflection and Precious Moments art retells treasured Bible stories. The newest addition to the Precious Moments complex is Timmy’s Tower, which opened in 2015.
Return to Joplin for dinner at Spiva Center for the Arts
Located in the Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex and serving as the heart of Joplin’s art community since 1947, Spiva invites visitors to discover, create, and collect art. Local, regional, national, and international talent is showcased here in rotating exhibits throughout the year. The center also hosts PhotoSpiva, the oldest continually-running photography competition west of the Mississippi River, with entries from artists from all over the country. Spiva also offers art classes in a variety of mediums. Located off the lobby of this art center, the gift shop features fun, useful, and eclectic original work by local and regional artists. Meeting space is available for events or groups. Open Tuesday through Saturday.