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“Yay! It's open again! Go! Now!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jerome State Historic Park

Jerome State Historic Park
State Route 89A, Jerome, AZ 86331
928-634-5381
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Jerome
Type: Ghost Towns, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Shopping, Dining
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Owner description: This park is located on the grounds of the historic Douglas Mansion and Mine Museum and has displays on local mining history and methods.
Chandler, Arizona
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“Yay! It's open again! Go! Now!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

One of Arizona's treasures, so sad when it closed. BUT a wonderful renovation and fresh paint inside and out (original historic colors) have it OPEN for business again. The views alone are worth a trip, the valley that spreads below is vast and lovely, especially with summer clouds and pending storms. Arizona started with mining, and you won't find a more historic representation of it than here. World class mineral specimens, and you can wander at will through the mansion, watch a video, shop the gift shop or ask the knowledgeable park employees about the Park (or the area, they know it well). Love to picnic on the nice green lawn outside under the trees, it's shaded and with a breeze acceptable even on a hot day. Roses in bloom, ripe pomegranates and well tended landscaping outside (with interesting mineral specimens and mining implements) can keep you occupied outside as well.

Easy access (but steep drive up, if you're not used to winding roads, be alert ;-) Only 35 minutes from Sedona, so a nice day trip, and about 20 from Verde Valley Cottonwood/Clarkdale Camp Verde area. Watch out for antelope on the hillsides on the way up.

NOTE: Turn RIGHT off the road up the hill, watch for the Park sign. Jerome itself (the town) is ABOVE the Park, to return to it, just turn RIGHT at the stop sign when you reconnect to the main road from the Park. And stop at the old headframe that's just outside the Park f ence, you can look down into the mine (through glass).

Visited August 2012
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Prescott, Arizona
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“Serendipitous Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

I have visited the town of Jerome many times since the 1980s primarily to photograph the many interesting sites in this once productive copper mining town. There are hairpin turns on the road to Jerome and it can be a bit scary for some travelers and more comfortable during the summer. Nonetheless, the views on the way to Jerome are picture wonderful photographic opportunities! The parking is challenging, but I have always found free parking on street no matter what time of day I arrived. You can gain insight into how life was like in the mining days of this small town by visiting the Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum and the Douglas Mansion. I have stayed at one of the 12 historic rooms at the Connor Hotel of Jerome built in 1898. Originally designed with 20 rooms upstairs, this first-class lodging establishment also offered a barroom, card rooms, and billiard tables on the first floor. Rooms were rented on the "European plan" for the sum of $1.00 per night. It is a bit more expensive currently. You can see many interesting things including architecture dating back to the late 1800s, diverse shops, art galleries, and restaurants. You can also experience wine tasting. There are sharp turns and narrow streets to keep in mind if you have an RV or other large vehicle or trailer.

Visited May 2012
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Prescott, Arizona
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“vacation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Afternoon hike. The weather was great and the scenery was great for friends visiting from East. They loved it.

Visited December 2011
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LaGrange, Georgia
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“Fun place but not necessarily a must see.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012 via mobile

The Douglas Mansion and mining museum was interesting, but it's not a MUST see to get all of what Jerome has to offer. It seems to be more devoted to the history of the town than providing a glimpse of what the mansion looked like in it's hey day. Will all that said, if you can appreciate the history it will definitely add to your visit!

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Fresno, CA
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“Great look into Arizona's past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Plan to spend a day in Jerome, and include a visit the State Park. The museum is housed in the former owner's mansion -- lots to absorb.

Does a great job explaining the history of the town, the booms and busts, and of course the copper mines. Right outside the gate is one of the mines' original shafts with headframe intact --the shaft is illuminated below the plexiglass floor so one can see what 1900' straight down looks like. Even if you don't have a lot of time to spend, take the 5 minutes to leave the main road to see it.

Be sure to allow time to visit some of the many galleries, and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in town. This little town holds many surprises and is worth the trek.

Visited June 2012
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