Explore Verde Valley History at the Cottonwood Historic Home and Building Tour
Don’t miss the annual showcase of some of Cottonwood’s most historic structures, each contributing to the rich and untold story of the community and those who pioneered and lived there long ago.
The City of Cottonwood and the Cottonwood Historic Preservation Commission hosts the
5th Annual Cottonwood Historic Home & Building Tour
Saturday, November 3, 2018
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last ticket sale)
The Tour will showcase a number of diverse homes and buildings that are the foundation for Cottonwood’s early days as a mining and agricultural community.
About the Tour
The Cottonwood Historic Home and Building tour was started in 2014 as a way to showcase and celebrate the history and unique character of historic Cottonwood, Arizona. Local businesses and home owners came together to sponsor the tour, as well as dozens of volunteers to make the first year an incredible kickoff. This annual tour, now in it’s fifth year, has drawn folks from all over the state and has been a source of pride and pleasure for local Verde Valley residents as well. All proceeds from the tour go into a matching grant program administered by the Cottonwood Historic Preservation Commission to help beautify and preserve historic homes in Cottonwood.
Informed docents and on site exhibits will provide detailed information on each structure and building. Shuttle transportation is provided between the newly remodeled Cottonwood Community Club House to the homes and buildings along the route. Tour participants can choose to shuttle, walk, and/or drive to the tour stops. Please note, the tour is not handicapped accessible.
An Iconic Building in the Heart of Old Town
Each year the Tour kicks off from one of the most iconic historical buildings in Old Town Cottonwood. Designed by Lescher and Mahoney, an architectural firm out of Phoenix, and completed in 1939 the Cottonwood Community Club House (originally the Civic Center) was partially funded by the Works Progress Administration (WPA; renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration), the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency employing millions of people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings like this one.
The Cottonwood Community Club House was constructed using river cobble stone and red sandstone. According to The Living New Deal, “Local citizens raised the matching funds through bake sales and other grassroots fundraising efforts. Wrought-iron hinges on the armory-style doors contribute to its sturdy, fortress-like appearance. During WWII the building was rented to the Defense Department to house members of the Navy.”
Cottonwood Community Club House had not been significantly altered since 1940 and was honored with its own individual listing on National Register of Historic Places before its renovation and remodel this year. The space is now available for community and corporate events, weddings, parties, and celebrations.
Tickets are On Sale Starting in October
Tickets for the Home and Building Tour are $20.00 (kids under 12 are free). Each ticket includes a wristband for entry, a map of the tour to direct you to each stop, and four complimentary drink tickets redeemable for wine tasting from participating Verde Valley wineries or for non-alcoholic drinks at participating cafes right in Old Town. You can purchase your ticket online starting in October or in person through 3 p.m. on the day of the event and pick up prepaid tickets at at the Community Club House, 805 North Main Street, Cottonwood.
If you love history and the Verde Valley, come volunteer with us, no experience is necessary!
· Be a Home/building docent – check for wristbands, provide history, answer questions.
· Place signs directing ticket-holders to homes/buildings.
· Set up and/or clean up (e.g., set up tables and chairs, hang banners, set out sandwich board signs)
· Sell tickets. Check in pre purchase ticket holders.
· Explain the tour route and provide maps.
If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact Michael Mathews at [email protected]