Rodeway Inn & Suites
1807 Harding Drive
Parsons, KS 67357
Phone: (620) 421-6126
Fax: (620) 421-6125
Arts & Museums
If you are a car enthusiast, then a visit to Darryl Starbird's National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum is a must when in Afton. Spread across 40,000 square feet (3716.12 square meters), this museum is home to more than 50 unique custom built automobiles created by Darryl Starbird and other well known custom car builders. Apart from these life-size models and rotating exhibits, the hall is covered with memorabilia of these beauties. The National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum is an ode to all the country's renowned custom car and street rod builders who played a significant part in the world of automobile redesigning.
Spanning across 240 acres (97.12 hectares), the George Washington Carver National Monument was established in 1943. It is the first of its kind in homage to an African-American, non president personality. It is the birthplace and boyhood home of George Washington Carver, a legendary educator, humanitarian and agriculturist. Comprising of a museum, visitor center, a discovery center, nature trail, the Carver Cemetery and the 1881 Historic Moses Carver house, it is a veritable scenic spot with surrounding woodlands, rolling hills and prairies.
Originally established in 1925 as a personal ranch retreat by oilman Frank Phillips of Phillips Petroleum in an attempt to preserve the beauty of the Old West, this facility now is home to a large museum complex and wildlife preserve. The name Woolaroc is taken from "woods, lakes and rocks." The ranch hosts a museum, a Native American Heritage Center, a petting zoo, a drive-through natural preserve, a nature trail and more. About an hour north of Tulsa toward Bartlesville, this is a great day trip for the family.
The Price Tower Arts Center (PTAC) in Bartesville beckons visitors with its stunning permanent and temporary exhibits that span across paper art, textile, design, paintings and architecture. It is housed in the towering Price Tower designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, which is a wonder in itself and shows how architecture and design can produce something beautiful yet functional. Several spaces within the center can be hired for corporate meetings, receptions and private parties.
A 90-minute drive northeast of Tulsa brings you to Grand Lake of the Cherokees, on the southern banks of which sits this incredible outdoor museum. Built by Harvey and Bernice Jones in 1968, this walk-through village contains thousands of artifacts dating back to the turn of the century, housed in over 100 buildings from the same time period. Everything from antique furniture to clothing, tools and glassware are on display, all serving as reminders of yesteryear. The walk is steep at times, so the physically challenged might need help, but this is definitely worth the trip.