Summer Hours in Effect
Summer Hours - May 1 to Oct 31
The Park is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Tours begin on the hour at 10am, 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm.
Winter Hours - Nov 1 to Apr 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.
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August 10 - Arizona's Historic Rose
In 1865, the young bride of Arizona's second territorial governor arrived inPrescott to be with her groom. She traveled with a cutting of a Boursault rose from her New Jerseyhome and planted it at the Prescott governor's mansion. She and her stillborn child died 18 months later, but her rose lives on. This presentation tells of Margaret Hunt McCormick, her rose, and the Coconino Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution efforts to preserve the rose and Mrs. McCormick's story.
Following the presentation will be the dedication of a rose planted on Riordan grounds in honor of Riordan descendant Rita Chambers Gannon.
August 15 - Arizona Rough Riders
10:00am – 3:00pm. (Living History Presentation) The Arizona Rough Riders is a commemorative group that brings the Spanish/American War era (1898) to life for audiences. Dressed in authentic period clothing of the famous Rough Riders, and their ladies, and carrying 100 year old weapons for the public's examination, the Arizona Rough Riders describe the era, the war, the effects, and the social mores of turn of the century America. The troop depicted actually came from Prescott 100 years ago. Flagstaff men also went to the war in the famous "cowboy cavalry". The Rough Riders are the most famous 'all volunteer unit' in the history of the US Military.
August 15 - On the Brink of Shards
7:00pm. Nancy Rivest Green, Author. Over-consumptive lifestyle, environmental degradation, overpopulation, drought and changing weather conditions – sounds like headlines ripped from today’s newspapers, doesn’t it? But this story takes place in the ancient lands of the Great American Southwest more than a thousand years ago. Then, that culture teetered on the brink of their civilization’s collapse and disintegration. One strong young woman, Kaiya, comes forth, led by a powerful and knowledgeable healer. But trouble is brewing in the South, and from the militaristic Toltec culture will come Drok, a Toltec priest who has led his people to the brink of their destruction. Can Kaiya help her once widespread culture before it’s too late?
Will outside destructive influences destroy the people? Can the power of love overcome the searing heat of hate? Follow Kaiya on her journey through loss, magic, knowledge, power and joy, all set in the majestic canyonlands of the Colorado Plateau. Join author Nancy Rivest Green to explore the world of the Colorado Plateau in the past during this special presentation and booksigning.
Sept. 14, Colorado River Days
12:15pm. Details TBA.
The following three lectures are part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science www.scifest.org
Sept. 19, The Legacy of New Deal Archaeology, Part 1
7pm. Jeanne Schofer, Coconino National Forest. This presentation is Part 1 in two-part series that explores the relationship of archaeological research conducted in northern Arizona with federal New Deal Programs and its enduring legacy to the archaeological profession and the American public. It will emphasize the early New Deal excavations conducted during the 1933-35 period.
Sept. 20, 300 Years of Exploration: What Have We Learned About Our Closest Neighbor Mars
7pm. Christopher S. Edwards, Ph.D., USGS Astrogeology. Experience the colorful history of Mars exploration from telescopes to spacecraft with a glimpse toward the future!
Sept. 26, The Legacy of New Deal Archaeology, Part 2
7pm. Peter Pilles, Coconino National Forest. This presentation is Part 2 in a two-part series that explores archaeological research in Northern Arizona through New Deal Programs of the 1930s and the enduring legacy to the archaeological profession and the American public.
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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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