Caldwell Cabin, AZ 2021
Caldwell Cabin, AZ 2021

Caldwell Cabin, AZ 2021

Caldwell Cabin, AZ 2021

Once home to Euro-American settlers who built upon land traditionally inhabited by Indigenous peoples, the Caldwell Cabin today offers visitors an opportunity to step away from modern life, connect with the varied histories stored here, and experience nature in all its beauty.

PROJECT PARTNER:  Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

SESSION DATES:  October 3-8, October 10-15, and October 17-22

Project Site Description & History

Caldwell Cabin was originally constructed by the Caldwell family in the 1920s, on land that was historically inhabited by Pueblos, Western Apache, and White Mountain Apache Nations. The building was originally a single room cabin build of hand-hewn logs and then was expanded in the 1940s. A bathroom, great room with fireplace, and a small bedroom were added at this time. In 1968, the land transferred to the Forest Service and the building was repurposed as a ranger station. For the last few years, the cabin has served as a recreation rental. It connects visitors with local history, and offers folks a chance to step back in time, take a breather, and tune in with themselves. Recreation.gov shares, “A short drive [from the cabin] takes visitors to the Black River Mainstream Trail, which is great for hiking. The Black River is a popular fishing area for trout anglers. From the cabin, guests can watch the sunset from the front porch, dine by the fireplace or walk across the meadow to an overlook of the river.” This location is remote enough to really feel as though one is getting away from it all – really getting away – for a week!

Location and Logistics

PROJECT PARTNER: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

SESSION DATES:  October 3-8, October 10-15, and October 17-22. Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.

ACCESS:    Tent camping only 

Tents, truck campers, and campervans can access this site. There is space for just one small RV/trailer, please ask if a spot is available. There are no hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level.

LOCATION:  We will be camping right onsite around the Ranger Station.

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work clothes and boots, and other personal gear.

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests offer excellent outdoor recreation opportunities and beautiful scenery. Though this photo was taken in summer, we will get to experience lovely fall colors during this project. These forests boast eight notable cold water lakes and more than 680 miles of rivers and streams!

Scope of Work

PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: 

HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers will learn the skills necessary to restore several buildings’ elements at Caldwell Cabin.

  • Replace metal roof – 50%
  • Rehabilitate entry porch and ramp – 15%
  • Rehabilitate window sashes, sills, and trims – 15%
  • Treat all exterior siding and porch railings Wood Protective – 15%
  • Miscellaneous repairs – 5%

Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.

Sign Up!

We’re thrilled this project has inspired you to volunteer! Choose your session and register below:

You will know your registration was successful when you receive a confirmation email. Contact volunteer@historicorps.org for assistance.

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Volunteer Logistics, Policies, and Advice

We’re so glad you’re interested in joining this project! If you’re new to our community, review the Volunteer FAQ first! Please note the following logistics and policies:

  • Review our COVID protocols here
  • Volunteering with HistoriCorps is free! We will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Dinner is not provided on the first night.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own gear, sturdy work clothes and boots, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Check the average temperatures before you start packing – the nights and mornings may be colder than you anticipate! Then, read this advice about how to stay warm when tent camping in colder places.
  • Campsite accessibility varies by project. Some projects can accommodate tents only; others can accommodate small RVs. Please review the project site description above for more information, and if you’re still not sure, email volunteer@historicorps.org for help.
  • If this project does not offer showers, you might want to consider bringing a solar shower or research other methods to clean up after the work day.
  • Volunteer crew sizes generally range from 4-8 volunteers, with two HistoriCorps staff that lead and train volunteers in the work.
  • Safety is one of HistoriCorps’ top priorities, and volunteers can contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring their physical fitness is adequate for the work. See above for this project’s scope of work and difficulty level. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you.
  • Dogs are generally allowed to accompany their humans in project campsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). Dogs are not permitted on the job site for everyone's safety. HOWEVER: HistoriCorps also follows the rules and regulations of our project partner. If the project partner does not permit dogs onsite then HistoriCorps is no exception. Please ask HistoriCorps or the project partner directly if you have any questions about whether Fido is welcome.