Carthage Historic Preservation presents a holiday historic tour, "Upstairs Downtown." This self-guided tour features 6 downtown private residences decorated for the holiday season, the historic Phelps House, an apartment and the restored lobby in the Drake Hotel and the Jasper County Courthouse. This tour is unique in that the homes are above buildings on the Carthage square and its downtown area . The tour promotes Carthage's rich history and its varied architecture. It also demonstrates how preservation of historic structures may involve re-purposed uses of these buildings, from commercial space to residential space.
Tour goers will enjoy live holiday music at most locations and complimentary refreshments at Phelps House, as well as a holiday boutique.
Tickets are $10 each advance purchase at ticket outlets, $12 each the day of the tour.
In Carthage: In Joplin:
All Things Grand Inside Out
artCentral Hometown Bank
A Little More Pizzazz Masterson's
Carthage Hardware Upstairs Boutique
Tickets can also be purchased the day of the tour at the Historic Phelps House, 1146 Grand. The Carthage Historic Preservation maintains and operates the historic Phelps House. Proceeds from this tour will benefit the Phelps House roof fund.