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Projects will be added to our calendar regularly throughout the year!

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Anderson Ranch House, CA 2022

Partner: California State Parks; Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

October 16-21 and October 23-28

Our partners for the Anderson Ranch project, at the eponymous State Historic Park, share that “this structure was built in three “wings” during different periods. The central segment dates from the 1860s, the parlor [west] wing from the 1880s, and the Craftsman style kitchen[east]wing from the 1920s. The Ranch House exemplifies 19th century rural vernacular architecture. Despite substantial alterations over time, the historic integrity of the house is intact.” HistoriCorps knows that historic buildings are kept alive when they are used and inhabited. Happily, the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA), which offers tours and interpretation at the Park, uses the Anderson Ranch house as an office and small interpretive center. The 1,300-acre park is located near California’s largest natural lake, Clear Lake, in Lake County. HistoriCorps has been invited to stabilize and repaint three small outbuildings on the property. Tents, truck campers, campervans, and RVs/trailers up to 35 feet in length can access our campsite. There are no hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level. Showers are available but campers will need to purchase tokens. Dogs are welcome but need to be leashed!

We’re thrilled to return for Phase III of preservation work at Crescent Moon Ranch! Deferred maintenance compounds over the years, and HistoriCorps is helping address restoration needs across multiple forests in the US. Crescent Moon Ranch was established in the late 1800s by cattleman John Lee, who’d come over from Prescott. Lee put in an irrigation ditch, garden, and orchard, but he soon left. Since then, the ranch has changed hands—and been repurposed—several times. It became the home of the Schuerman and Dumas families who raised children and built a school there. The orchard was turned into a thriving part of Oak Creek’s renowned produce-growing community, supplying apples and peaches to Jerome and Flagstaff. With the main Jerome-to-Sedona road passing right through, then-Dumas Ranch became a social hub of dancing and dining. Verde Valley entrepreneur Andrew Baldwin bought the property in 1936 and rechristened it Palo Bonito. The Baldwins built a unique ranch house and 12-foot-diameter water wheel to pump water and provide electricity. Their famous peaches won prizes at the county fair. But by the late 1970s, tourism had replaced agriculture as Sedona’s cash crop – and the ranch was for sale again. The U.S. Forest Service and Trust for Public Lands acquired it in 1980. We will be camping right onsite near Crescent Moon Ranch! No RVs/trailers; those with tents, truck campers, and campervans can access this site.

In 1914, just over a century ago, the Norfolk and Western Railroad built Green Cove Station on land stewarded by the Eastern Cherokee BandUchee, and Moneton Tribes. The station was conveniently positioned between Abingdon, Virginia and West Jefferson, North Carolina. However, the Appalachian Mountains, known for both their beauty and their steepness, impeded trains’ speed. Given the slow-going route, Green Cove’s train line became known as the Virginia Creeper. The station was more than just purely functional. Green Cove was a social center! Community members picked up mail here, met the train, and gossiped (amicably, we hope) with their neighbors. Green Cove is the last remaining passenger station on Norfolk and Western Railroad’s Abingdon Branch and today, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests (GWJNF) steward the station. If you haven’t experienced the beauty and challenge of these Eastern mountains, now is your chance to do so! This project features an accessible scope of work including painting, scraping, and light carpentry. Tents, truck campers, campervans, and RVs/trailers (even larger ones) can access our onsite campground. There are no hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level. Showers are available! Dogs are welcome but need to be leashed.

The Silver Bell Ore Bins site shares history with the miners and homesteaders that lived here. Our partner shares, “The Silver Bell Ore Bins (aka tipples) are adjacent to the Silver Bell Mine. The mine operated as a surface mine from ca. 1934 to 1962. Gold and silver were extracted in the early years of mine production, later shifting to lead and copper via surface mining. The ore bins were constructed sometime after 1956, representing post-WWII mining activity which was limited within the park boundaries. Other original mine features and equipment were salvaged for reuse after the mine ceased operations, however, terracing and the road access are still present. The mine site is within the Hexie Mountains Historic Mining District with a period of significance from 1934 to 1942. Many other mine sites within the district can be viewed from the Silver Bell site.” Learn more about the park’s ecology, its history, and its namesake tree from the National Park Service. Tents and campervans or truck campers can access this campsite. It can get very windy at the campsite, so sturdy tents and good stakes are a must. RVs/trailers are not permitted on this site. Dogs are not permitted.