Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona

I broke my budget at Prescott’s Farmers Market. Who could resist coffee, marmalades, patty pan squash, sourdough bread, cactus tea, Lebanese zatar bread and spinach pies, radish sprouts, raw cacao nibs, and veggie samosas? Not me.

But I digress.

After a hike at Pinnacle Park and the farmers market, fueled by New Zealand cold brew coffee, a mung bean samosa and Lebanese dolmas, my brother and I headed for Sharlot Hall Museum.

The Sharlot Hall Museum is an open air museum located in Prescott, Arizona. Opened in 1928 by Sharlot M Hall as the Old Governor’s Mansion museum it is dedicated to preserving the history of folklore of Yavapai County, Arizona. Above is a photograph of the governor ‘s mansion.

Sharlot Hall (October 27, 1870 to April 9, 1943) was an American journalist, poet and historian. (Sharlot is the Kansas Indian version of Charlotte.) She was the first woman to hold an office in the Arizona Territorial government and her personal collection of photographs and artifacts served as the starting collection for history museum which bears her name. I found this 1911 photo of Hall at Wikipedia.

Each museum building was rich with history and mostly attended by docents who could answer questions or give a spiel. One of my favorite exhibits was in the main building and included world class visuals of life of Prescott’s first inhabitants. The video and exhibit on WWI was also fascinating.

One building was a replica schoolhouse that would fit easily in a motel room. Another was a ranchhouse with a hobbit-high front door. Opportunities to experience frontier life abounded on these grounds.

I spent time and money in the museum shop: a lovely carnelian cabuchon necklace crafted by a member of the local gem club and two books: The Doctor Wore Petticoats by Chris Enss and a short story collection Meeting the Four O’Clock Train by Dixon Fagerberg Jr. (Boyhood recollections of Prescott, Arizona 1909–1927)

My own recollections of a wonderful Saturday in Prescott are now recorded here.

Happy reading and adventuring!


About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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