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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. 




1.  GATHER:  Collect Historical Information

2.  PRESERVE:  Store Collections Safely

3.  SHARE:  Inform Community & Be Visible

4.  GAIN COMMUNITY SUPPORT:  Strengthen Organization




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Barn at Lower Winter Ranch 

The Society is pleased to announce its Annual Holiday Fundraiser Event at the Apache Maid Ranch Lower Ranch Headquarters at 500 East Cornville Road, from 1 to 4 pm, Sunday, December 3, 2023.  The event will feature a “Ranching on the Apache Maid” presentation by Don Godard, a well-known Cornvillian with a wealth of knowledge about the Ranch’s history.  The Ranch was established in the 1880’s and has long been one of the biggest ranch operations in northern Arizona, with regular camping spots for seasonal cattle drives. The Apache Maid operation spans over fifty miles eastward from Cornville to its Upper Ranch headquarters beyond its namesake Apache Maid Mountain.  


The program will be followed by the Society’s popular raffle of a big array of gift baskets that feature gift certificates and themed items.  Refreshments will be served.  The event will be outdoors by the barn, and seating will be limited, so please bring a lawn chair if you can.  There will be NO SMOKING allowed anywhere on the property.  In case of rain, the event will be moved to Oak Creek School.  Let’s hope for good weather, so we can all see what is behind that big familiar entry gate! 


The cost of the event will be $10 per person, which includes ten gift basket raffle tickets to be issued at the event.  Raffle tickets will also be sold at the event for $1.00 each or six for $5.00.  Admission is limited to 120; and reservations are required in advance.  Reserve your tickets by calling Karen Wilkens at 920-650-1702 or Pat Nomm at  928-821-0040.  After reserving your ticket, send payment to the Cornville Historical Society, P.O. Box 1200, Cornville, AZ  86325.  Tickets will be held for pickup at the event. 



Happy Birthday Cornville!


         This year, Cornville celebrated the 138th anniversary of the Cornville Post Office, established on July 9, 1885.  To honor the occasion, the Cornville Community Association hosted a history presentation at its quarterly community meeting on July 11. 


      CCA Director John Alvey produced a surprise “Birthday Banner”  and Director Judy Miller showed a power presentation about the Society and the role that Page Springs pioneer Henry Mortimer Cone played in the naming of the community. The banner is now a special part of the Society’s collection; and John, who was raised in Cornville and runs Alvey Signs in Cottonwood, is a new honorary member of Cornville Historical Society!


      Anyone who has lived in Cornville for 50 years or more is eligible for an honorary membership!  To join,  go to www.cornville-historical-society.org.





Former Cornville Postmaster Patrick Shamrell has agreed to lead a Post Office Committee, that reports to the  Board of Directors.  Dan Derrick and Bob Snyder will assist Patrick.


Recently, items that have been stored in the Old Post Office have been moved to a storage unit at Mountain Vu Storage.  Interior carpentry is complete, but painting and upkeep are ongoing needs.  If you would like to volunteer a few hours to help, contact Patrick Shamrell at info@cornville-historical-society.org. 


THANKS to everyone for your community support!


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