8/12/2013 5:24:00 PM Oak Creek Canyon Tours by Sedona Heritage Museum
The Sedona Heritage Museum is excited to offer a new local history tour, this time visiting historic places along and off the Red Rock Loop Road. Scheduled for October 3, 4, and 5, the tours will be guided by Museum Pioneer Member Paul Thompson.
Thompson is the grandson of pioneer homesteader Jim Thompson, the Sedona area's first permanent white settler who came here in 1876, and son of Albert Thompson who wrote many of the stories in the book, "Those Early Days". Paul lived the first 10 years of his life at 'Red Rock', the name for the early collection of ranches and orchards near today's Red Rock Crossing area. The name, 'Red Rock' was in use for almost 30 years as the place where people entered Oak Creek Canyon from the Verde Valley, long before there was a 'Sedona'.
A comfortable 14-passenger luxury coach will stop at historic places in Grasshopper Flat; visit homes of our first two prominent Hispanic families the Chavezes and the Armijos; visit the site of our first wine vineyard and winery (1890s), along with our first school and first cemetery. Thompson will share family history and pioneer triumphs and tragedies.
The Museum hosts Oak Creek Canyon History Tours every spring, which sell out. These new tours will expose attendees to another whole area, set of people and places, and historic themes that are at the root of Sedona's earliest settlement.
Each tour will depart at 9:00 a.m. and return at approximately noon. Tickets are $50 for Sedona Historical Society members and $55 for non-members. Space is limited. Tickets may be purchased over the phone or in person at the Museum, 928-282-7038. The Sedona Historical Society operates the Sedona Heritage Museum in Jordan Historical Park at 735 Jordan Rd. in Uptown Sedona. Hours are daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.