Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour: The Women of the Riordan Mansion

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

May 10, 2020   2-3:30 p.m.

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In the early 1900s the ladies outnumbered the men in the Riordan household nearly two to one. This talk will give insight into the lives of Caroline and Elizabeth Metz Riordan, two sisters from Cincinnati who left the city and moved to the wilds of Flagstaff, Arizona to marry the Riordan brothers, Tim and Michael, in the 1890s. The ladies, cousins to the Babbitt Brothers, brought along their mother and younger sister, Alice, and made Flagstaff their home, raising four girls and three boys between them in the rough lumber town. Along with some help from maids like Florence Perris and various cooks, they kept house, traveled and entertained in their spacious 13,000-square-foot Arts and Crafts home, now a museum and state park.

The tours are recommended for ages 12 and older. 

Cost is $16; $14 for AHS members. 

Space is limited, reservations are required.  Tickets available online at: https://arizonahistoricalsociety.org/museum/riordan-mansion-state-historic-park/

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 409 W. Riordan Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001, 928-779-4395.

https://azstateparks.com/riordan-mansion/