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McFarland State Historic Park

24 West Ruggles, Florence, AZ 85232
+1 520-868-4496
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Interesting stop

Informative stop in an historic building. The docent was very friendly and well informed, with fun... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2017
BjSue
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Portland, Oregon
Local Sightseeing

Florence is an old city, founded in the mid 1800s. This museum has lots of old and interesting... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
mom22sons
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Central Arizona, Arizona
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The history of the park's building provides visitors with a look into the past. The building represents a transition between Sonoran and Anglo-American architecture with its wood-shingled pitched roof surmounting traditional adobe brick walls. Like most buildings in Territorial Arizona, the original 1878 structure was constructed by hand using native materials. Soil from the area was used to make adobe bricks which were laid on a trench foundation filled with river rocks. All lumber for the floors and roof was hauled by wagon from northern Arizona.
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24 West Ruggles, Florence, AZ 85232
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

Informative stop in an historic building. The docent was very friendly and well informed, with fun stories of bygone times in the area. Certainly worth the visit.

Thank BjSue
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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Florence is an old city, founded in the mid 1800s. This museum has lots of old and interesting facts and items. The city is also home to some of the state and federal prisons. The gift shop here sells some of the products that the...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2016

One of the original buildings, renovated over the years, with depictions and artifacts from the early sheriffs, jailers, and early history of the area. The life of Senator McFarland is also cataloged. I enjoy history, but learned a great deal about the man who wrote...More

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Reviewed 26 November 2016

Good local history from when the area was the wild west. Named after Senator McFarland who was the US Senate Majority Leader among other state offices. The museum lady was very knowledgeable about the museum and helpful with other area attractions.

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Reviewed 8 October 2016

I live in Florence a couple of months every winter now. This becaus,e the first day I arrived alone on a short two week stay five years ago, I was so impressed the knowledge and assistance I received from the staff. McFarland Park is only...More

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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We were received by a lovely woman who was so sweet and helpful. We were able to roam and view the artifacts taking in all the information on the local history. We found it very interesting to learn about the Japanese interment camp that was...More

Thank Laurie T
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

Tons of local history sit inside this building, from books to real artifacts from many years ago. If you're interested in visiting Florence, you'll love learning its history!

Thank Tammy B
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

Everything I say about Florence is positive. What nice people. I had no intention to visit here but wandered through on my way to an old Indian ruin. Stopped at the McFarland State Historic Site and got a look at the history of the area....More

Thank Ed W
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

Florence is a small town; it looks nothing special except the former court house thatis unique and sure worth a visit. I had found it via Arizona tourism. Thank you. Entance is free, but sign the visitors' book and also a small donation is appreciated....More

Thank GUy S
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

This is a very small property (no admission fee but donations gratefully accepted) but full of history - from the wild west through a WWII POW camp for Germans/Italians. Even though this is midway between Phoenix and Tucson, it doesn't get a lot of traffic....More

Thank LAURIE S
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