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Camp Verde Historical Society Museum

June 4, 2012

The Camp Verde Historical Society Museum is located in historic downtown Camp Verde in the old Camp Verde School built of native limestone in 1914-1915. The Museum contains articles used by the pioneers including a wagon wheel, cowboy paraphernalia, Apache and Yavapai artifacts, vintage farm tools, such as a hand scythe, mining equipment, a mineral collection, a model of Clear Creek Church, the first church built in the Verde Valley, musical instruments, pioneer clothing, such as sun bonnets and go-to-town shoes, mail carrier Ruffy Peach’s canteen and chaps, a 100-gallon still, depression glass, antique butcher scales, a Burroughs’s manual adding machine and items once sold in the Wingfield mercantile.

The main showcase room shows the chronological growth of the area with murals painted by an artist who is a member of a pioneer family. An area is set up for research of pioneer families.

The Camp Verde Historical Society also owns and maintains two historic buildings; Clear Creek Church and the George Hance House. Built by local residents in 1898, this was the first church built in the Verde Valley. The building was later used as a school and a cannery before it was restored. George Hance built the Hance House in the early 1900’s and the furnishings are representative of that period. Judge  Hance, the area’s unofficial mayor, was the first official postmaster, a longtime notary public, territorial census marshal (1880) and was elected justice of the peace for thirty years.

The gift shop sells books published by the Camp Verde Historical Society:  The Banks of Beaver Creek; Fort Verde; Reflections of the Past as it Rolled Along by Zeke Taylor; For Better or For Worse, Frontier Army Life; and Images of America – Camp Verde.

Camp Verde Historical Society Museum 435 S. Main Street P.O. Box 1184 Camp Verde, AZ 86322

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