Fort Verde State Historic Park is an excellent place to see to get a feel for the life of a frontier soldier. Arizona has a very rich history and Fort Verde State Historic Park is a great example of a fort that served during the Indian Wars. This particular fort served as a base for General Crook’s U.S. Army and several original buildings still stand filled with original items. It might seem that visiting an historical fort and looking at items from the mid to late 1800s would be a bit dull but just using a bit of imagination and having a little bit of interest in history makes these places come to life.There are three historic housing buildings that we got visit, the Commanding Officer’s Quarters, Bachelors’ Quarters, and Doctor’s Quarters, these were all a part of Officer’s Row during Fort Verde’s active years from 1865 to 1890. The buildings and furnishing are well preserved and it is interesting to see just what items made up everyday life for officers and their families. I know we are blessed to live in the “modern” times that we do, but it really hits home when you see the doctor’s medical kit or ropes that served as box springs. The other original building is the administration building which serves as a small museum with artifacts like uniforms, soldier’s equipment, and historical information.We visited the Fort the same day we were visiting the Out of Africa Wildlife Park so we were in the area and decided to visit. While I would not drive out of the way to go there it was worth the stop. The information and seeing the artifacts in the small museum were interesting, but the best part of Fort Verde State Historic Park is seeing the living quarters and getting a small glimpse into their lives. They do occasionally have reenactments so if you are interested in seeing that sort of thing make sure you check out their website for more information. Visiting Fort Verde State Historic Park will give you firsthand knowledge of life on a frontier fort from a military and civilian perspective as well as some information on the Indian War’s and the use of American Indian Scouts to help fight those wars.My wife and I enjoyed our short trip to the fort, it took us a little over an hour to see the fort. I especially enjoyed the trip, but I am also a history teacher and have read “Once They Moved like the Wind” by David Roberts which is a great read on the Apache Wars. The price of $5.00 per adult we thought was very fair and just a fun place to step out of an old historic building look out at the distant mountains and think that some officer had done the same thing.Fort Verde State Historic Park
Located at 125 E. Hollamon Camp Verde, Arizona
Hours of Operation: Thursday through Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 14 and over $5.00 and Children 7 to 13 $2.00
For more information visit their website at http://azstateparks.com/Parks/FOVE/
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