Day 1 - Arrival:Dinner at a local Joplin restaurant
Day 2: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. Lunch and shopping at Sandstone Gardens
As the premiere home and garden destination in the Midwest, Sandstone Gardens amazes enthusiasts who maintain even the most discriminating tastes. Situated on 68 acres, this impressive “turn of the century” estate features a 50,00-square-foot showroom where guests can wander through Euro-stone collections and botanical, plus enjoy gourmet lunches and handmade desserts at the Sandstone Bistro. Joplin City Tour with a local step on guide
Historic Home Tour in Murphysburg
- Step on guide will meet you at Sandstone Gardens
- 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)
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.
Day 3:Carthage Square History Tour and Historic Homes Tour
Participants will walk about 3 to 5 blocks. Jasper County Courthouse (30 minutes), Carthage City Hall (10 minutes), Civil War Museum (30 minutes), Driving Historic Homes Tour (30 minutes), Tour inside Phelps House 1146 Grand Avenue (45 minutes).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
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 Art Gallery
The facility includes three galleries, two classrooms, a gift shop, and an art library/community meeting room. Its Main Gallery features exhibitions by national and internationally recognized artists and the Regional Gallery features the work of emerging artists from a 150-mile radius of Joplin. There is also the Upstairs Gallery for rental by area artists or to feature work from Spiva's special programming.