PRESERVE Carthage!

Carthage Historic Preservation needs your funding more than ever! Due to COVID-19, lower tourism and event rentals have caused income from the Phelps House to decline. In addition, our membership drive and other fundraising efforts such as the Christmas Homes Tour have been canceled.

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Pledge Incentives

$10.00 Level

7 Supporters

Your gift of even $10 will make an impact. Every donation of any size shows your support for historic preservation in Carthage!

$25.00 Level

6 Supporters

Your gift helps us with ongoing preservation of Phelps House. Built in 1895, the Phelps House showcases exquisite and irreplaceable workmanship in the original hand-carved woodwork and hand-painted wallpaper.

$50.00 Level

4 Supporters

Your generous gift helps us with ongoing restoration efforts at the Sweet House. Built by Benjamin Sweet in 1868 as part of the recovery from the Civil War burning of Carthage on land he purchased from Colonel Phelps, the Sweet House is believed to be the oldest house still standing in Carthage!

$100.00 Level

4 Supporters

Your handsome gift encourages us to continue to advocate at the local, state and national level for historic preservation of Carthage’s rich architectural inheritance of residential and business structures. Thank you!

Project Overview

PRESERVE Carthage!

Protect buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes

Restore and rehabilitate our heritage

Engage our children with their history

Strengthen the visual appeal of Carthage

Educate citizens about historic preservation

Respect our forebearers

Value the history and heritage of Carthage

Encourage community and civic involvement


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About Carthage Historic Preservation

Carthage Historic Preservation (CHP) is a community-based organization dedicated to education about and advocacy for historic preservation in Carthage, Missouri.  It is also committed to reminding the community of the economic development implicit in heritage tourism such as that drawn by its historic neighborhoods, the Route 66 corridor, and its Civil War sites. CHP owns the historic 1895 Phelps House and the Sweet House, believed to be the oldest house in Carthage.  The Sweet House is serving as a demonstration site for historically-appropriate techniques and technologies for preserving and restoring historic structures.

Carthage Historic Preservation

Carthage, MO