Jasper County Courthouse
In the heart of downtown Carthage sits this Romanesque Revival building built in 1894-5. It is constructed of Carthage stone and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its turrets, towers, and arches evoke a feel of a medieval castle looming over the city below. Inside a wrought-iron cage elevator still operates and an array of military artifacts and mining specimens are displayed along with the “”Forged in Fire”” mural by Lowell Davis that portrays the history of Jasper County.
Precious Moments Chapel and Taste of Italy, Italian Restaurant
Collectors will not want to miss the Precious Moments Chapel, the creation of artist Samuel J. Butcher. The Chapel has often been described as “America’s Sistine Chapel” as an artful representation of Michelangelo’s own Sistine Chapel in Rome. Also, don't miss the opportunity to eat some delicious Italian cuisine at "Taste of Italy" while you are visiting.
Red Oak II
Lowell Davis' whimsical art work is the basis for this village. It has long been a popular destination for those who enjoy the eclectic art and architecture. The iconic water faucet fountain is a favorite along with the village church, nostalgic diner, Cackleberry Park and many buildings which have been transported and set up in this funky town. Please note winding road getting there is not suited for RVs, but better accessed as a day trip in another vehicle.
Cherry's Art Emporium
The elegant, yet warm and inviting, art gallery is a must see while visiting the Carthage square. The undeniable abundance of talent from local artist is widely displayed throughout for you to view free of charge, however, many pieces are available for you to take home or can be shipped as a special gift for someone special. Don't just take my word for it, go see for yourself!
Stones Throw Theatre
Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre
2466 W. Old Route 66 Blvd.
Carthage, MO 64836
for Reservations call
This unique, one-of-a-kind, event venue is located in the back of Cherry's Art Emporium offering a homemade dinner option and entertainment each Friday evening. I promise, you won't be disappointed!!. Visit their page on Facebook for information on upcoming shows.
Shopping...and more shopping!
"Antique Shop Paradise" - Carthage has an abundance of antique shops and local retail shops that feature many unique, custom-made gifts crafted by local artists, sophisticated retail stores, health and herb market, book store and so much more. Here are just a few to mention...[click on the link below]
Oh, so you like to eat?! Good, you've come to the right place! Be sure not to pass up the local eateries featuring the historic Whisler's Hamburgers, Carthage Deli (on the historic downtown square), Tin Cup Bistro, Iggy's Diner, Boomer's BBQ, Big Ben's BBQ, Taco Town, Daylight Donuts, Peck & Jen's Frozen Custard (& more), Bamboo Garden, Lucky J Steakhouse and Arena, Sirloin Stockade, The Woodshed Burger (& more), Taco 66 Food Truck, Mother Road Coffee...are you full yet?!
Wildcat Glades Audubon Center
An amazing site for nature lovers, the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center features hands-on environmental education programs and activities, walking trails and an amazing 1,300-gallon aquarium and Ozark stream is home to fascinating aquatic life. As one of the largest remaining chert glades in the world, this eco-friendly building and surrounding center should not be missed. There is NO cost to visit this beautiful facility.