Fort Verde State Park offers visitors a rare glimpse into the unique life led by frontier soldiers. Established in 1865 as Camp Lincoln and later relocated and named Fort Verde in 1871, this military camp was specifically designed to protect local farmers during the Central Arizona Indian Wars period. This tumultuous time, when Arizona was still just a territory, was filled with land disputes, settler hostilities and malaria. As a result, General Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers arrived and a new way of life began. Today, Fort Verde State Park is well known for having some of the best preserved buildings from the Indian Wars era. Covering just over 11 acres of beautiful Verde Valley land, visitors can experience three historic house museums, all furnished in the 1880's period. The museums include the Commanding Officer’s Quarters, Surgeon's Quarters and the Bachelor Officers’ Quarters, each of which is listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places. The welcome center itself also boasts interpretive exhibits and a wide collection of period artifacts from military life in the Verde Valley. History experts and novices alike will certainly stand in awe of the unique architectural expressions of the park, as buildings of this type are a rare and rapidly disappearing historic resource.
Aside from being a history staple in the community, Fort Verde State Park has an extensive list of outdoor events held on park grounds year round. One of the most popular attractions is Fort Verde Days, held in October, where locals and guests can enjoy period reenactments, Dutch Oven cooking lessons, a vintage baseball game and more. Other notable festivities include Cornfest, Victorian Christmas, History of the Solider weekend, and candlelight tours. For more information on events through out the year check out Fort Verde State Park's event calendar here.
Located at 125 E. Hollamon in Camp Verde, Fort Verde State Park is now open seven days a week from 9AM-5PM. Park entrance fee is only $5 and includes access to museums and park grounds. For more information on Fort Verde State Park visit their website here or call (928) 567-3275. Do not miss the chance to see a special part of Arizona's history and create your own adventure.