Sunday, April 17, 2016
Sedona Heritage Museum
Galleries and restaurants line the streets of Sedona today, catering to the thousands of tourists who come to hike the trails and marvel at the red sandstone buttes, but even into the 1970s Sedona was just a small ranching and fruit growing community. The Yavapai and Apache tribes hunted and farmed in the region until they were forcibly removed in 1876, opening the land to settlers and homesteaders.
The land where the museum is located is a small portion of a 65 acre apple and peach orchard planted by Walter and Ruth Jordan in the 1930s. Their home, now housing the museum exhibits, started as a one room cabin with additional rooms added as needed. Exhibits are also housed in the fruit packing shed, the tractor shed, the tenthouse, and the telegraph office.
An accessible entrance to the museum and gift shop is located in the rear of the house. The rooms are all accessible and a very narrow hallway can be avoided by backtracking.The outbuildings are accessible but large gravel covering the grounds makes rolling difficult.
Do NOT drive your RV into the museum grounds. There is very little parking and the road dead ends without a turn around. Drop passengers off at the loop road near the entrance to the property and continue on the main road to the large parking lot on the left. A trail leads up to the museum. Wheelchair users taking the trail will find it easier to use the road once they reach the drop off loop because the trail becomes rough after that point. The interpretive trail at the lower parking lot is not accessible.
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