The well-maintained Carver Trail winds through the woods past Carver Spring, the Boy Carver Statue, Williams Pond, Moses and Susan Carver's cabin and the family cemetary. Pause to read the meditative plaques along the way, all quotations from the life of George Washington Carver. Very uplifting, indeed.
Day after day, young George explored the woods, collecting and studying the flowers, sparking his life-long love of nature and dedication to serving man with his knowledge of plants. At the same time, as George would say later in life, ... "I was practically overwhelmed with the sense of some Great Presence.. Never since have I been without this consciousness of the Creator speaking to me through flowers, rocks, animals, plants and all other aspects of His creations."
This statue of the boy, created in 1960 by Robert Amendola, sits alongside the Carver Trail in the woods he loved so much.
George was born in a cabin on this site on the edge of a clearing next to the woods. He was sickly as a child, never knew his father, and with his mother Mary was kidnapped by outlaws. George was found in Arkansas suffering from whooping cough and returned to the farm, but his mother had disappeared forever. Moses and Susan Carver adopted the lad.
Nancy and I found this to be a fascinating exhibit. We both remembered reading enough about Carver as school children to be familiar with some of his major accomplishments, but were not aware of all the trials he endured as a black scholar and scientist from the late 1800s thru the 1930s.
Start your visit here. Includes exhibits, an interpretive film, gift shop, and most important of all - restrooms and water fountains. Park Rangers on duty.
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