Sharlot Hall Museum

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Sharlot Hall Museum
Prescott-Sharlot Hall Museum.jpg
LocationPrescott, Arizona
Coordinates34°32′30″N 112°28′25″W / 34.541667°N 112.473611°W / 34.541667; -112.473611
TypeLiving history
DirectorLisa Hayes
Old Governor's Mansion
Sharlot Hall Museum is located in Arizona
Sharlot Hall Museum
Sharlot Hall Museum is located in the United States
Sharlot Hall Museum
Location400 block of W. Gurley, Prescott, Arizona
Coordinates34°32′29″N 112°28′23″W / 34.54139°N 112.47306°W / 34.54139; -112.47306
Area1.5 acres (0.61 ha).
NRHP reference No.71000121[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 10, 1971

The Sharlot Hall Museum is an open-air museum and heritage site located in Prescott, Arizona. Opened in 1928 by Sharlot M. Hall as the Gubernatorial Mansion Museum, the museum that now bears her name is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Central Highlands of Arizona.


The museum grounds comprises almost four acres and includes 11 exhibit buildings, six of which are historic. This includes the Governor's Mansion built at its site in 1864 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Several historic buildings and structures were moved to the property, and include:

  • Fort Misery (the oldest log cabin in Arizona, built in 1864, moved to this property in 1934),
  • Frémont House (built in 1875, home of 5th Territorial governor John C. Frémont, moved to the museum in 1971),
  • Bashford House (built in 1877 and was the Victorian home of businessman William Bashford).

Additional historic buildings built on-site include the Sharlot Hall Building (stone exhibit building built during the Depression as a CWA project) and the nearby Ranch House.

Additional exhibit buildings include the Lawler Exhibit Center, built in the 1970s and currently houses the museum's pre-history exhibit; the Transportation Building, built in 1937 and houses the museum's rolling stock; and the School House, built as a replica to the first school house built in Prescott in 1868.

Sharlot Hall Museum also has a Library and Archives, located across the street at 115 S. McCormick Street. It provides full-service research opportunities through its vast collections of rare books and special holdings of original documents, photographs, maps, and oral histories.


Old Governor's Mansion[edit]

The Old Governor's Mansion was built in 1864 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[1]

It was built at a cost of $6,000 by contractors were Blair, Hatz, and Raible, who reportedly underestimated the cost of transporting building materials and lost $1,500 on the contract.[2]

In front of the mansion are roses, of French "Boursault" type, descended from 1865 planting by Margaret McCormick, wife of the 2nd governor of the Arizona Territory (see photo including informational plaque).


The following are the images of some of the historic structures and exhibits in the Sharlot Hall Museum.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Robert Fink (April 14, 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: "Old Governor's Mansion" / "Old Capitol" and Grounds / Gubernatorial Mansion". National Park Service. Retrieved February 9, 2019. With accompanying five photos from 1969 to 1971

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