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“Tells a little known story well on a beautiful gem of a prairie farm.”

George Washington Carver National Monument
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Diamond
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: George Washington Carver's boyhood home is now a 210 acre park with a nature trail, museum, and interactive exhibit area.
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“Tells a little known story well on a beautiful gem of a prairie farm.”
Reviewed 8 June 2013

We visited today and were surprised at how well maintained the grounds were and how well the story of George Washington Carver was presented. We started at the visitor center where a park employee told us to watch the short video about GWC. It was a great place to start, and only took 10 minutes or so. Following are well presented exhibits on the life of GWC and the people and times he came from.

There was a lot of great information about the influence of his childhood spent on the Carver farm. His mother and he were taken by slave raiders and she was forever lost. GWC was just a barely alive infant whose rescue required the payment of a racing horse to the mercenary who recovered him. He and his brother were then raised on this farm by there former owner Moses Carver.

After the visitor center we took the walking tour. This was our favorite part of the visit. The farm is an absolute gem, with a beautiful clear water spring and several creeks with well maintained bridges. While there we spotted a beaver swimming in the spring, as well rabbits and fish. The woods today were full of blooming honeysuckle and made the forests incredibly fragrant and magical. The fields were full of wild flowers and birdsong. You could see how the naturalist genius of George Washington Carver could really have been sparked by growing up in such an amazing place.

The Carver house was nicely maintained and the cemetery told it's own poignant tail of hard lives and childhood mortality. It was an interesting composition of spring fed nature, an oasis on the edge of the prairie, and the hard working pragmatic people who lived here.

At one point in the video the narrators felt compelled to explain why there is a GWC National Park at the site of his birth. At the end of the trail there is sign that takes up the same challenge. This park is amazing and it does beg the question, "Why GWC?" The park originated in the 40s and the short story is this park helped build on the good feelings Americans had for this folk lore hero who came from nothing. America needed an African American hero who stood for the things that Booker T Washington and The Tuskegee Institute represented. Examples of non-threatening blacks who espoused self-determination. This park is a living monument to that need. Which brings up my final impression.

In the video and at his bronze bust you get to hear George Washington Carvers actual voice. The narrator warns that his voice is high-pitched. Yeah I guess so. I would never have imagined his voice. Any actor who affected that pitch in portraying GWC would be laughed at. Now you have a mission, go to Diamond MO and listen to George Washington Carver and appreciate why there is such a fabulous national park honoring his birth.

Visited June 2013
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“Impressed!”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

There was a lot more than I expected. Lots of exhibits inside, and a beautiful trail to see where Carver grew up. They also have a gift shop. The exhibits were great for any age.

Visited June 2013
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Wichita
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258 reviews
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“Well Worth a Short Detour”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

We slightly modified our route to the Table Rock Lake area so we could stop here. I was impressed by the displays in the visitor center and the well-kept grounds. The easy, mostly paved, 1 mile hike through the woods includes interesting information along the way about the amazing life of George Wahington Carver. We were there about an hour; however you could spend quite a bit more time here. The displays in the museum include activities to interest visitors of all ages.

Visited June 2013
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Yukon, Oklahoma
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“Impressive!”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

I was incredibly impressed with this monument. I really was just expecting a little bit about George Washington Carver and maybe a statue of him and that was it. The facility was much more than that. I was impressed with how they told his story and enjoyed it. I loved the hike through the woods! Walking where he used to walk and see what he used to see was cool. Loved it!

Visited May 2013
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Warrensburg, Missouri
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“History plus a peaceful walk”
Reviewed 5 May 2013

Our highlight for this visit was a walk around the paved trail past the pond on a beautiful Spring day. Flowers were starting to bloom, the creeks were flowing. and the trees leafing out. We sat a while by the pond & just enjoyed the peacefulness. The visitor center was overrun with school kids on field trips, but the displays about Dr. Carver's life and work are outstanding. They include a replica lab and classroom. Always worth a visit and it's no-fee site.

Visited April 2013
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