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George Washington Carver National Monument

Western Central Plains, Missouri

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  • Welcome to George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Bull thistle at George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Part of the trail is gravel at George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • White passion flower.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • The gravestones of Susan and Moses Carver.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Carver Cemetery.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Tallgrass prairie at George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • A creek and forest foliage at George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Circa 1881, Moses Carver House.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • The forest foliage of George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Footbridges amid the forest foliage at George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Forest foliage at George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Williams Branch, a stream in George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Williams Pond in George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Turtles at Williams Pond in George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Beavers, small in stature and obsessive chewers, are not the most majestic of woodland creatures, but they do serve an important ecological function.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Another of the many footbridges in George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • The Boy Carver Statue at George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Forest foliage of George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Forest foliage of George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Lookout to the Boy Carver Statue in George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Carver's birthplace site in George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • The visitor center in George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Part of the trail is paved in George Washington Carver National Monument.- George Washington Carver National Monument
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Pros: 
Wildflowers. Wildlife. Archaeological objects on display at visitor center. Historic building.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Western Central Plains, MO
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The George Washington Carver National Monument celebrates the life and home of George Washington Carver, an important antebellum academic who was born a slave in Missouri.

Directly outside the visitor center, which includes a museum with interactive exhibits about Carver's life, a 1-mile self-guided loop trail passes through woodlands, crosses a stream over wooden bridges, and continues through tallgrass prairie before returning to the visitor center. Through the loop you will find the place where Carver was born (the cabin was destroyed during a tornado), the statue of Carver as a boy, the Carver family house built in 1881, and the family cemetery, as well as wildlife (beavers, turtles, and even snakes) and wildflowers. Although the trail is short in distance, it is relaxed and beautiful.

George Washington Carver was born enslaved to Moses and Susan Carver around 1864. As an infant, George and his mother were kidnapped, but only George was found and returned back to the farm. As a young child he started collecting flowers and insects and loved learning new things. Carver eventually mastered chemistry, botany, mycology, music, herbalism, art, cooking, and massage. He obtained a bachelor's and master's degree in agriculture and was later known as "the Peanut Man" after having discovered over 300 uses for peanuts. He included peanuts in helping enrich crop soil, cultivation techniques, recipes for nutritious meals, and even to help treat polio patients with massage therapy and peanut rubbing oil.

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