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MISSION

 

The mission of the Cornville Historical Society is to gather, preserve and share information about the history of the Cornville-Page Springs area from the time of pioneer settlement in the 1870's to the present.  The Society does research, keeps records, collects historical items, and sponsors educational activities relating to rural life in the historic Lower Oak Creek area. 

  

GOALS & OBJECTIVES

 

1.  GATHER:  Collect Historical Information

2.  PRESERVE:  Store Collections Safely

3.  SHARE:  Inform Community & Be Visible

4.  GAIN COMMUNITY SUPPORT:  Strengthen Organization

 

 

WHAT'S NEW? 

HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER EVENT DECEMBER 17, DONE!

 

The Society's Annual Holiday Fundraiser Event took place at Apache Maid Ranch (the Lower Apache Maid Headquarters), at 500 E. Cornville Road from 1 to 4 pm, on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Last minute weather conditions amended the event to a short visit to the ranch at 1:00 pm, followed by a history presentation by Janet Cassagio, Historical Society researcher and board member, the Society’s popular raffle of holiday gift baskets and refreshments at Oak Creek School. 

 

The event was attended by more than 120 people and was well-recieved by all we heard from. Attendees got to visit the ranch and see what so many of us wonder about as we pass by the gate on Cornville Road. The presentation explained the history of the ranch from the 1870s to the current day, including the changing boundaries and ownership.

 

The Society wishes to thank all the attendees for their wonderful support and for their patience with the last minute program changes. We also want to thank all those members who provided help with the preparation, setup and clean up for the event and those who donated the wonderful gift baskets we raffled off. Thank you all for making this event a success.

 

 

PROGRESS ON POST OFFICE RESTORATION

 

Dedication, Done!

The dedication of the old post office took place on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 10:00 am at Windmill Gardens. More than 80 people helped us celebrate. 

 

Judy Miller, past Society president and board member, presented us with a history of the post office, the move and restoration.Chick family descendents were on hand to help us celebrate. Unfortunately, Charles and Jesse Chick's daughter, Margaret was unable to attend, but we do extend to her our best 100th birthday wishes on August 22, 2017.

 

The U. S. Postal Service employees particpated by offering commemorative stamp cancellations. We had many former postal employees in attendance as well. A ribbon cutting took place with Yavapai County Supervisors Tom Thurman and Randy Garrison, CHS President Muffy Vallely and Windmill Gardens owners, Bob and Cindy Snyder doing the honors. Also, available for sale was the newly revised 2nd edition of the Postal History. Refreshments were offered to all attendees. Thank you all who participated!

 

Now what?

Carpentry needs to be done in the interior. If you would like to volunteer a few hours to help us get this done, contact Stephen Cassagio at (516) 749-2366 or at st3ph3n@mac.com.

 

The memorial brick pathway was completed in June 2017. Since we received many requests for bricks after the completion, Bob & Cindy Snyder have graciously offered to extend the walkway a bit. Watch for a new brick offer in January 2018.

 

The Society received a grant from the Thumb Butte and Yavapai Questers to work on the interior. The work done on the postal side of the building has been a result of this grant. Next up, we are working with the Palatki Sedona Questers who have provided us with another grant. The grant requires us to complete the work specified in the grant within one year, so watch for our progress.

 

THANKS AGAIN to all for your support and hard work!

 

LOCAL RESIDENT & AUTHOR NEEDS OUR HELP!

The Society is proud to announce that we will be working with local resident and author, Denise Domning, on a book that will tell the story of Page Springs Road in a decade by decade approach. Denise is currently gathering information about the road and its nearby area. She is particularly interested in the flora, fauna and lifestyle, as it evolved through the decades.

If you have any information to share, please contact Denise at 928-202-4385 or at denise@thefarmonoakcreek.com. Denise has prepared a survey to help jog your memory. Copies will be available at the annual meeting on March 15, or by email. You can also access the survey by visiting our Page Springs Road page on this website. If you have any questions about this, you can also contact Janet Cassagio at 649-1426 or janetcassagio@me.com.

CORNVILLE POSTCARD AVAILABLE

 

The Cornville Historical Society now has a postcard of the only existing photograph of the “original” Cornville Post Office & Store. The photo was taken sometime between 1909 and 1914 and shows the structure as it looked at its original site on property now occupied by Windmill Gardens.   The historic landmark has now been moved back to the same site and will be restored to its original appearance. Packages of 25 postcards are available for $6.25 to local businesses for resale. To order, send payment to the Cornville Historical Society, P.O. Box 1200, Cornville, AZ 86325.           

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News & Events

2017 HOLIDAY EVENT DECEMBER 17 at APACHE MAID RANCH

 

PROGRESS ON POST OFFICE RESTORATION

 

LOCAL RESIDENT & AUTHOR NEEDS HELP

 

POSTCARD AVAILABLE