This local museum utilizes the old farmstead of the Jordan family to educate about the heritage of greater Sedona. Various ... More
Sedona Heritage Museum
This local museum utilizes the old farmstead of the Jordan family to educate about the heritage of greater Sedona. Various antique farming implements and vintage orchard equipment are displayed. Focus is on the pioneers and early agriculture, the many films created here and also an exhibit from the U.S. Forest Service. Check out the gift shop before you depart, which offers fine items from local artisans. Regular tours are offered daily, please call for further information. Admission is USD3 (cash only) for adults and free for those 12 and under.
This museum doesn't open until 11 am. I believe it's because the guides are probably all volunteers. Very friendly and knowledgable.
We met our guide while wandering through the big barn, which houses an antique fire engine, "Sedona #1" The barn shows a short video of when the farm was a working (60 acres) orchard, and housed a conveyor belt that washed and sorted the apples. It started out being run with a gas engine, but was later converted to electric.
It was hard to imagine that electricty didn't come there until late in the 1950s.
The Jordan family was considered wealthy by local standards, and their farmhouse is quite well built. The exhibits include furniture, documents, clothing and old appliances.
One room exhibits several movies that have been made in Sedona, and our guide related the time he met Elvis Presley, who impressed him with his ledgendary politness. The film is called "Don't Go Joe."
Another room contains artifacts from a school room, and many many of the objects found us 60-somethings nodding our heads.
After electricity came to the farm, a new kitchen was added on. Look out on the back porch for an old time washing machine, and in the bathroom cabinet for mercurichrome and other old remidies.
The gift shop had some bargains, and more friendly volunteers. They're proud of Sedona, and very helpful.
Outside are several outbuildings with farm equipment, and modern, clean bathroom facilities. Read the warning to local wildfife posted near the herb garden.
This museum is desinated Sedona historical site #1 and also has a plaque as a National Historical site. Well earned awards. We all went back thought the rooms twice, and discovered more interesting items and displays.
I went with a family member who has a degree in history and she absolutely enjoyed it. And even myself who isn't into history as much, found myself reading the articles about the natives and where the name 'Sedona' came from. i know you're interested now. It's in a beautiful location as well. Sometimes they have little shows..didn't seem to be as interesting as the museum itself but if you have the time why not.
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