Visit a unique crossroad of architecture, history, art and inspiration. Established in 1842, then burned to the ground during the American Civil War, Carthage, Missouri was reconstructed during the Victorian era. Along with the tri-state mining boom of the late 1800s and early years of the 20th century, a diverse and robust economic profile was created for Carthage. Its families, businesses, and industries as well as its social organizations, left the town with a legacy of architectural marvels that are now featured in four districts (comprised of over 600 buildings) listed on the National Registry of Historic Places including one of the largest residential districts in Missouri. These structures housed people and enterprises whose impressive tales continue to intrigue travelers today. Civil War guerillas, Wild West outlaws, powerful capitalists, Ragtime music makers, and women's rights pioneers, have left their marks on Carthage history.
Also known as America's Maple Leaf City, Carthage bursts into beauty in the fall with a gorgeous maple trees set along Route 66 and marvelous historic districts. Autumn events are legendary, starting with Maple Leaf Festival in October and stretching into the holidays with the Christmas Homes Tour and Christmas Lighting Tour.
Carthage offers a variety of group opportunities and is proud to have the world’s only Precious Moments Chapel and Gardens. The Precious Moments Chapel offers free Chapel tours daily. Serving as one of Missouri’s most beautiful and inspirational attractions, the Chapel grounds include the Visitor’s Center, Gift Shoppe, and attractively manicured gardens ornamented with bronze statues and fountains.
Unique dining is abundant in Carthage the Lucky J Steakhouse and Arena, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, and fine dining or classic home cooking at a historic home. Groups and visitors are welcomed daily to share the legacy and inspiration in Carthage.
The mission of the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau is to develop and promote tourism and overnight stays.
Carthage Convention and Visitor's Bureau services include:
* Provide lodging information and rate sheets for groups.
* Conference assistance including on-site registration services, and assist in the coordination of group tours and outings for attendees and/or their families.
* Provide Carthage tour guides and group welcome from the Mayor or other city official as needed.
Special Considerations for large public events:
When planning large events for the public like concerts, festivals, etc, please, check in with the Carthage CVB to navigate logistics in the City of Carthage like road closures and permits.
The CVB has resources to get the word out for your event, such as
* Adding your event to visitcarthage.com
* Providing paid advertising in select print and digital marketing channels
* Cosultation, coordination, and networking on social media
Finally, the Convention and Visitor's Bureau keeps lists of vendors, entertainers, and providers who may provide additional benefit to your event.
The Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501 (c) 6 organization established by the voters of the City of Carthage in 2002 with the purpose of “advertising and promoting tourism in the community". The CVB is governed by a board of nine members and has a contract with the City of Carthage to administer lodging tax funds.
Group tour planners can check back here for details on step on tours and itinerary suggestings to provide your friends and customers a memorable and relaxing trip to Carthage. A great sample tour of Carthage could include:
10-11:30am Precious Moments Chapel and Grounds
1:30-2:30pm Powers Museum
3-5pm Red Oak II (or other options)
5-6:30pm Hotel Check In
10am-1pm Downtown tours that could include Carthage history, art, some retail therapy (shopping) & lunch
2pm Civil War Tour
3pm Art Central