Near Diamond in Newton County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Moses Carver Farm
The farm on which George Washington Carver grew up was owned by Moses and Susan Carver. While George’s path in life took him far from here, he considered this farm his first home.
In the 1830s, Moses and Susan Carver moved from Sangamon County, Illinois, to Newton County, Missouri, along with Moses’ brothers Richard, George, Abram, and Solomon and their families. Working together they broke the prairie land with wooden plows. The U.S. government encouraged westward expansion of the nation, but Moses Carver was unable to purchase his land until 1843, when the United States Land Office first offered it for sale. Eventually Moses Carver’s farm grew into 240 acres of crop fields, orchards, and grazing pastures for horses, cattle, mules, sheep, and oxen. The farm produced corn, wheat, oats, Irish potatoes, hay, and flax. In 1855 the Carvers purchased a 13-year old enslaved girl. She gave birth to two boys, but was then abducted. Moses and Susan raised the boys and gave them chores to help with the farm. Jim was strong, but George was frail and only able to do lighter work, like sewing and fetching water from the spring. In time, George discovered in himself a need to learn that required him to leave the farm he had grown to love.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is on the George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center viewing porch. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5646 Carver Road, Diamond MO 64840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington Carver National Monument (here, next to this marker); George Washington Carver's Birthplace (here, next to this marker); George Washington Carver's Thoughts (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of George Washington Carver (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); What an Orphan Chooses to Forget - and Remember (about 400 feet away); Special Moments in the Woods (about 500 feet away); Moses Carver Family Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Williams' Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Diamond.
Also see . . .
1. George Washington Carver National Monument. (Submitted on April 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. George Washington Carver: Famous Missourian. (Submitted on April 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site. (Submitted on April 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Agriculture • Education • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 831 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.