By Naomi Hatch
“Take a walk, or relax and drive,” said Carmen Shumway of the Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation as she talked about the walking tour of the historic homes in Taylor and Snowflake unveiled July 1.
A walking/driving tour of the Taylor and Snowflake historic homes is available on an MP3 player. It relates stories of early pioneers, and gives a history of the historic homes.
Shumway applied for and received a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council for the Snowflake-Taylor Tourism Committee, a branch of the Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce, to record a walking tour of Taylor and of Snowflake historic homes and museums in English and in Spanish.
White Mountain Promotions, owned by David Peterson, Tawna Flake Posegate and Linda Bradley, was contracted to record the histories and put them on MP3 players that will be loaned to visitors.
A booklet was created with pictures of the interior of the museums, and will be loaned to visitors along with the MP3 players.
Shumway has spent many hours not just writing the grant and organizing the project, but writing the script for the Taylor tour. The Snowflake script was written by Gerald and Arlene Flake, co-presidents of the Snowflake Heritage Foundation, and a committee of Snowflake Heritage Foundation members put the picture booklet together. Tourism Committee members also volunteered their time to help with the project.
MP3 players and picture books may be picked up at the Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce office, at 113 N. Main St. in Snowflake; the Taylor Museum, 4 N. Main St. in Taylor; Heritage Inn Bed & Breakfast, 163 N. Main St. in Snowflake; Cedar Motel, 39 S. Main St. in Snowflake; and the Stinson Museum, 102 N. First East St. in Snowflake. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 536-4331 or the Taylor Museum at 536-6649.
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By Naomi Hatch