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“A satisfying educational outing”

Fort Verde State Historic Park
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Camp Verde
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Winner of the 2015 Arizona Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Award. Fort Verde is one of the best preserved examples of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. This original Military Headquarters is now a museum which contains artifacts, photos, videos, and interpretive exhibits focused on the history and lives of those who lived and served at Fort Verde: soldiers, Indian Scouts, settlers, doctors, and Native Americans. Three of the original homes along Officer's Row are still remaining and furnished with period artifacts.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Hopewell, New Jersey
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81 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“A satisfying educational outing”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

By the end of our week in Sedona, we had seen a lot of the major sites and enjoyed the outdoor activities and adventures. It was time (in the mom's opinion, at least!) for a little educational outing. I had been reading "Vanishing Arizona," a memoir from an Army wife who was stationed with her soldier husband to various western outposts in the late 1800s. After visiting Fort Verde, I could envision exactly the life she described. The site has a small museum, with nice exhibits and a good selection of books for sale. You can enter the three extant buildings, including a bachelor's barracks and a doctor's house. It was hot out there in the desert, so try to go as early as you can. I can't imagine living there! On your way out of town, you can spot some "ghost town" type buildings, including an old jail and a hotel.

Visited August 2013
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Camp Verde, Arizona
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful, wealth of information”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

If you get to the Fort and judge the book by it's cover, don't. The Fort has a lot of information about the area and the employees are very knowledgeable.

Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

By chance we visited Camp Verde on the Camp Verde weekend so there was plenty going on in the town - demonstrations of typical military activities from the 19th century in the fort grounds, a procession in the streets etc. The entrance ticket includes the museum which gives a good picture of army life of the time as well as entry to the 3 surviving original buildings in the fort.

Visited October 2013
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Hampton, Virginia
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376 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“This was the real western army!”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

Being a retired artillery officer, I already knew what the old western forts mostly looked like, but I was surpised and delighted at the opening dig at John Wayne and the western movies. After all, where did they get all those straight logs west of Dallas? The museum and personnel were quite interesting and the staff was helpful and friendly. Authenticity is good, but it would have been nice to have at least blocked off the footprint of all the missing buildings. After all, the fort was for the soldiers, and not the commanding officer's wife! I like the fact that they stressed that Fort Verde normally housed infantry companies and not cavalry. I have to admit I was a bit put off by a very truncated bugle call, which may have been "Retreat" or may have been "To the Color" but hard to tell which it was. In any event, I went into one officers' quarters and the flag flew, but when I left, it had been lowered.

Visited June 2013
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Stony Point, NY
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102 reviews
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“The true story of what a fort in the West was like”
Reviewed 1 August 2013

This state park tells the true story of what a fort was like in the west - very different from the pictures you got from watching Western movies. There is no massive stockade. There is a small museum and serveral restored houses.

Visited July 2013
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