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Fort Verde State Historic Park is a little jewel, located in Camp Verde, Arizona.
To quote their web site: "The fort was a base for General Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870s and 1880s. From 1865 – 1891 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and Fort Verde were home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts. The park is the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona."
While we were staying in the area they celebrated, History of the Solider. Man thought it would be interesting, and he was so right! There is a Visitor's Center, with some very nice exhibits and there are several buildings representing the Officers' Row, with more exhibits. They have some fine examples of furniture, a hospital, laundry, commissary, guardhouse, bath house and there is a nice (practice?) large field with flag pole.
We did not spend as much time investigating the exhibits as we might have, because of the "History of the Solider" event. Many of the exhibits were behind glass and a lot of the photos had reflections and glare, and no, I did not use my flash on any of these photos.
Just outside the Visitor Center is this memorial, to those that served:
Just one of several uniforms displayed in the well designed exhibits in the Visitor Center:
They have a great collection of bottles, whiskey bottles, bottles for bitters, condiments, extracts, medicine, stout, champagne and wine and this, which I thought was quite pretty as well as functional:
In one of the Officer's buildings I found these. I have a trunk almost identical to this one (not an heirloom) and a rocker, again, very similar (which was my grandmother's). I hope mine are not this dusty when I get back to the stick built! LOL
If you happen to be in the area of Camp Verde, Man and I can highly recommend stopping at Fort Verde Historic State Park.
* In the next couple of posts, the tribute to soldiers past and what Man learned!
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