Winter Hours in Effect
Winter Hours - November 1 to April 30. The Park is open Thursday through Monday from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Tours begin on the hour at 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm.
Reservations are recommended, call (928) 779-4395. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is proudly managed by the Arizona Historical Society with additional support from Northern Arizona Pioneers' Historical Society and Riordan Action Network.
Park Event Calendar
The grounds around the historic home are beautiful - feel free to stroll, eat your lunch, or watch the ravens and crows in our "Corvid Corner." There is no charge to relax on the grounds.
Monday, February 8: Brown Bag Lecture - The Civil War in Arizona
Presented by Kathy Farretta, M.A., Arizona State Parks
12:15 - FREE! The most action seen in Arizona during the Civil War was the Encounter at Picacho Pass on April 15, 1862. Picacho Peak is located between Casa Grande and Tucson. Though it seems quite a distance from the core of the war, there were high stakes that involved the southwest.
When the U.S. Civil War began in 1861, the Confederates, were very interested in gaining control of New Mexico Territory (which included most of what we call “Arizona” today). This large piece of land was the connecting link between the Confederate state of Texas and California, which was in the control of the Union.
California would provide the Confederates with access to the Pacific Ocean making it difficult for the Union to use a naval blockade to prevent the Confederates from getting supplies from Europe. California also had gold and silver mines, and the Confederates needed money to fight the Union. Finally, they knew if they gained control of California, it would impress Europe and European support would help them win the war.
The Confederates believed a small number of their soldiers could gain control of New Mexico Territory because they believed that most of the people in the area were on their side of the war. New Mexico Territory had passed laws in 1856 and 1857 in favor of slavery, several of the newspapers were openly pro-Confederacy, and many of the settlers were angry with the Union because the United States government had not been able to send enough soldiers to protect settlers and travelers from Apache raids. So while the skirmish at Picacho Peak was a small encounter between traveling soldiers from both sides of the war, it represents the great hopes of the Confederacy and the powerful forces which drove our nation into Civil War.
Friday, February 12: Night at the Museum - The Far End of the Journey
6:30pm. The Clark telescope and other treasures of Lowell Observatory. Two new books by Lowell historian Kevin Schindler, highlight the rich legacy of Lowell Observatory: its scientists, their groundbreaking reasearch and the tools they used to both advance the field of astronomy and popularize the excitement of space to the general public. Limited seating available. Please RSVP at 928-774-6272.
Saturday, February 13: Evening Lecture - African American Life and History in the Grand Canyon Region
7pm. This talk will explore the history of African Americans in the southwest with an emphasis on those who lived and worked in and around the Grand Canyon and Williams, Arizona. Presented by: Margaret Hangan, Archaeologist, Kaibab National Forest.
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About the Park
Step back in time and experience a great example of Arts and Crafts style architecture at Riordan Mansion.
Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, Riordan Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic building is an Arizona treasure — a remarkable example of Arts and Crafts style architecture featuring a rustic exterior of log-slab siding, volcanic stone arches, and hand-split wooden shingles. The expansive home has forty rooms, over 13,000 square-feet of living area, and servant's quarters. The Riordan residence was designed by the creator of Grand Canyon's El Tovar Hotel, Charles Whittlesey.
Guided tours of the Mansion given daily, at the top of the hour. During Winter, tours begin at 11 am. Tour size is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Reservations are made by calling the Park at (928) 779-4395. Your guide will lead you through a pristine historic home filled with original artifacts, handcrafted furniture, and personal mementos of the Riordan families. The impressive home contains an exceptional collection of Craftsman furnishings with appointments by Edison, Stickley, Ellis, and Steinway. The first floor of the West Wing is included as part of the tour and provides displays about the family, the Arts and Crafts movement, and other local interests.
Brown Bag Lunch Lectures
On the 2nd Monday of each month at 12:15 pm we present a different lecture as part of our Brown Bag Lunch Series. Stop by with lunch for an interesting presentation. Read complete descriptions on the calendar of events page. (Look for the Brown Bag Lunch symbol.)
Evening Slide Presentation Series
Our evening Slide Presentation Series presents a wide ranging of topics. Presentations are held at 7 pm. Programs are free but reservations are recommended due to limited availability. Please call (928) 779-4395. Read complete descriptions on the calendar of events page. (Look for the Slide symbol.)
Timothy and Michael Riordan in 1928.
Timothy and Michael Riordan were prominent pioneer Flagstaff businessmen who developed a successful logging business, the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company. Moreover, the two brothers were known for their contributions which were essential to the development of the social and economic structure of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona. Tim and Mike married the Metz sisters, Caroline and Elizabeth. The women were cousins of the Babbitt brothers, another influential Flagstaff family. Tim and Caroline had two daughters; Mike and Elizabeth had six children. The two close-knit families built a large mansion comprised of two separate homes connected by a common area known as the billiard room.
A Family and a Forest is a curriculum for 3 – 6 grade correlated with the Arizona State Education Standards for science, social studies and mathematics. The program includes activities to use in the classroom prior to your visit along with follow-up activities. The goal of the curriculum is to present information on the logging industry in Flagstaff, Arizona and how this industry provided wealth to the community and support for the families that relied upon that industry for their livelihood. It also presents information on the concerns of land use and conservation of the natural resources that provided that livelihood. Through the Riordan family history we learn about life one hundred years ago and relate that to our lives today.
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