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Learn about Arizona's first state historic park when you visit the McFarland courthouse in the town of Florence. Take the Florence history tour and learn more about life on the frontier at the turn of the century.

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Programs & Events

Happy Birthday, Mac!

October 8, 2022 12-1 p.m.

Stop by McFarland Historic State Park to celebrate Florence’s most famous resident, Ernest “Mac” McFarland! Join docent Susan Jackman to hear little known stories about the state’s most unusual park, and how McFarland rose from a Pinal County farmer and teacher to the ranks of US Senator, US Senate Majority Leader, Arizona Governor and much more.

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Miners, Cowboys and Washerwomen: The Worksongs of Arizona with Dr. Jay Cravath

Thursday, November 3, 2022 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

In a narrative and musical portrait of working-class music, Dr. Craváth explores its roots and rhythms in our state. From Hopi basket songs, the Yavapai acorn gathering songs, to the cotton fields of Chandler and the crooked streets of Jerome, songs were companions to the immigrants who explored and built our state.

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Arizona Goes to the Movies: A Filmmaking History with Jim Turner

Thursday, January 12, 2023 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The program looks from “Real to Reel” to see how Hollywood has affected popular views of Western settlement and continues to impact social interactions. The show runs the gamut from Tom Mix to Val Kilmer with information about the plots, players, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Tom Mix, Jean Harlow, John Wayne, and Elvis in this history of Arizona-filmed movies from silents to Cinemascope.

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Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontier with Jan Cleere

Thursday, March 23, 2023 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Meet a handful of women who influenced the history of the territory through their medical expertise and their spiritual leadership. Theresa Ferrin’s comprehensive understanding of healing herbs earned her the title “Angel of Tucson.”

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EXHIBITS

Learn about life at the turn of the century on the American frontier when you visit McFarland State Park as part of the history tour of Florence.

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Park and Facility Hours

Museum/Visitor Center

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mon - Sat, October through April 30

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mon - Sat, May through September


Park is closed Sundays

 

Park Entrance Fee

$5 per person

Ages 18 and under are free 

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