Museums and Historic Homes
Snowflake and Taylor have a rich pioneer history and many pioneer homes still remain.
Snowflake Historic Homes
Snowflake’s Historic Homes Walking Tour includes 26 homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk or drive the route to view these homes. The Walking Tour map includes who built the home, year built, and style of home. Pick up a copy at the Chamber office.
The Snowflake Heritage Foundation offers home tours throughout the year. Tours begin at the Stinson Pioneer Museum, housed in an Hispanic Colonial Adobe home on the corner of 102 N 1st East and First North. The museum displays treasures from Snowflake’s prehistoric, Hispanic and Mormon Pioneer past, including the loom used by Lucy Hannah Flake to weave cloth and rag rugs.
Other homes open for tours include:
- James M. Flake Home, a Victorian Second Empire home built in 1894 using locally made and fired bricks. The house is brimming with hundreds of objects, books, and Flake family memoribilia.
- John A. Freeman Home, a Gothic Revival home built in 1893, is Snowflake’s favorite “Gingerbread House” and contains original antiques, toys, and textiles from the late 1800s.
- Jesse N. Smith Memorial Home, a Colonial Revival home built in 1906. Four upstairs bedrooms feature rare displays dedicated to four of his five “sister-wives.”
- Locy Rogers Cabin, a Folk Primitive cabin built in 1878. Peek in the windows: pioneer furnishings evoke the past.
- William Jordan Flake Cabin, a Folk Primitive cabin, circa 1858. This cabin was relocated from Beaver, Utah, by the Flake families.
Tours are available Monday through Saturday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Please call the Chamber (928-536-4331) for an appointment.
Taylor Historic Homes
Taylor’s home tours begin at the Taylor Museum and Visitor Center located on the corner of Main and Center Streets. The “Palmer and Son” store was built in 1914 by A.Z. Palmer. In 2000 the Town of Taylor purchasd and restored the store with the aid of the Taylor/Shumway Heritage Foundation and many volunteers. At the side of the Museum is the Veteran’s Monument, honoring all veterans of foreign wars who left from Taylor.
Other buildings that may be toured include:
- Margaret McCleve Hancock Log Cabin, built in the 1880s. Margaret McCleve raised 13 children in this cabin and served as a midwife for the area. The cabin was donated to the Taylor/Shumway Heritage Foundation, moved to its present location, and restored.
- Aquilla H. Standifird Home, built in 1890 for the Brimhall family. The Standifirds moved into the home in 1905. The home remained in the family until it was donated to the Heritage Foundation in 2004.
- Taylor Pioneer Museum, built in 1930 for the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers to hold meetings and share stories of their pioneer ancestors. It was converted to a museum in 1997.
- Shumway School House, built in the early 1900s. For 50 years this little building was the hub of the Shumway community as a school, church, and social center. In 2001 it was dedicated as Arizona’s only standing one-room brick schoolhouse.
Tour hours are Thursday through Saturday between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. For additional information call the Taylor Museum and Visitor Center at 928-536-6649.
The northern gateway to the White Mountains, Snowflake and Taylor are conveniently located in the center of some of the most exciting recreational opportunities in Arizona. From the majestic views of the Navajo Nation’s famous Monument Valley to the Historic Route 66 experience and world-reknowned Petrified Forest, day trips north of the communities can be packed full of adventure.
Snowflake, Taylor, and Shumway are featured on the Trail of Many Tracks, a Four Corners Heritage touring route. This self-guided driving tour transports you back in time. Stop by the Chamber office for more information or visit the Trail of Many Tracks website.
Interested in the scenic White Mountains of Arizona, home to the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the world? A short half hour drive to the south finds visitors with a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, and snow skiing, while the excitement of casino gaming and fine dining are available only minutes to the south.
Combined with a wealth of local attractions, you’ll find Snowflake/Taylor the perfect spot to “see and do it all” in northeastern Arizona!
Mileage Snowflake/Taylor to:
- Albuquerque, NM: 263 miles
- Flagstaff, AZ: 119 miles
- Gallup, NM: 123 miles
- Grand Canyon Nat’l. Park: 205 miles
- Greer, AZ: 68 miles
- Heber/Overgaard: 31 miles
- Holbrook, AZ: 28 miles
- Payson, AZ: 84 miles
- Petrified Forest Nat’l. Park: 53 miles
- Phoenix, AZ: 174 miles
- Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ: 29 miles
- Show Low, AZ: 20 miles
- Springerville/Eagar: 65 miles
- St. Johns, AZ: 45 miles
- Tucson, AZ: 210 miles