Like many Sedona area communities, Camp Verde real estate has a rich history and lots to explore. Fort Verde State Historic Park is located here. The military maintained a presence in the area from 1865 to 1891, and Fort Verde was an active posting from 1871 to 1891. Fort Verde became a state park in 1970. Today, it’s a fascinating place to visit, with lots of artifacts, photos, and interpretive materials. Living history events are regularly scheduled, too.
Learn About the Military Installation that Made Camp Verde Home
Plan to start your visit at the Military Headquarters, which is now a museum. In addition to the infantry soldiers and cavalry, many other people lived in and around the fort. These included the Yavapai and Apache peoples, white settlers, Indian scouts, doctors and surgeons. The museum has artifacts from all these groups, showing how they lived. You’ll find a collection of photographs and interpretive videos, too, to give a fuller picture and better understanding of the history of the fort and those who lived here. Be sure to explore the three different house museums, too. See the commanding officers’ quarters, bachelors’ quarters, and the doctors and surgeons’ quarters. All three are authentically furnished with period pieces.
For those fascinated by Indian scouts, the Visitor Center and Park Store has more displays, photos and videos about them. The Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday except Christmas. At the store, you’ll find books, postcards, and gift items available for purchase.
When you’ve explored the museum and Visitor Center, check out the grounds. Bring along a picnic to enjoy at one of the picnic tables. There is a large ramada to rent, where you can throw a party for the history lovers in your life.