Founded in 1842, Carthage was the site of the first major land battle of the Civil War after the U.S. Congress formally declared war against the South on July 5, 1861. Events of the battle are highlighted in a kiosk of text and graphic illustration near Carter Park. The town was destroyed by guerrilla warfare in 1864.
The Maple Leaf Festival, held in October, is another draw; it features a car show, a dog show, crafts, food, entertainment, a homes tour, a parade, a petting zoo, a quilt show, and the biggest parade in southwest Missouri. You can take a driving tour of several of the Victorian homes in the area, all erected between 1870 and 1910. Many of them were built using Carthage marble, and a number of them have been converted to bed-and-breakfast accommodations. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Kansas City. Each Day Trip includes, destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.
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