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Historic Phelps House, Carthage

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
The late Victorian era Phelps family mansion at 1146 Grand Avenue recalls a day of opulence and elegance which represents a unique identifying chapter in the history of Carthage.

A huge building by present day standards and a showplace of the community from the time of its completion, the house has three full floors and a full basement.

Decorated with period furnishings, the structure remains little changed in the interior and exterior from the days when it was occupied by the busy productive family of William Phelps (1845-1916) who designed the residence and supervised its construction in 1895.

Rich wooden paneling, unique fireplaces of varying marbles and tiles, and beautiful stained glass windows are featured throughout the house.

Much of the present furnishings and renovation of the structure have been provided by generous contributors and interested friends of the Phelps House. Proceeds from tour fees and rentals are used by Carthage Historic Preservation to maintain the historic home and continue its development.

Owned and Managed by

Carthage Historic Preservation, Inc.
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  • This is our second visit to this historical home We enjoyed the Victorian style mansion with all of its decorations. Before visiting go on line and read about the house at This will.....  more »
  • Iv'e been told benevolent ghosts roam this house and are prone to turning off lights, footsteps on stairs, and light breezes. At any rate, it's a grand example of period architecture on a street full....  more »
  • Magnificent. A jewel in the 4-state area.
  • What a beautiful old home. We go there every two years, on the first Saturday of December. They have a tour of several homes, located in Carthage, that have been decorated for Christmas,. Tea is scheduled at several times during the day and is served at the Phelps house. The sandwiches, savories and sweets served are always delicious. I take several friends and we always enjoy it. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the Phelps Historical Society. The next Open House & Tea event will be in December of 2020.
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