Camp Verde AZ (February 11, 2020) – It’s time for the annual Buffalo Soldier and Vintage Baseball event at Fort Verde State Historic Park, this Saturday, February 15.
Bring your family to the park to learn about history with the Buffalo Soldiers, watch a vintage baseball game, learn how to cook home-made Dutch Oven meals and be a part of the flag raising and lowering ceremonies. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Buffalo Soldiers will be dressed in period-replica uniforms with equipment issued by the US Army during the 1870s Indian War period. The first Buffalo Soldiers troop serving at Fort Verde was Troop I, 10th Cavalry of the Buffalo Soldiers. It was organized in 1866 and came to Fort Verde in 1885, following a distinguished record of military service during the Indian Wars of the Western frontier.
Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the US 10th Cavalry Regiment of the US Army, formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The nickname “Buffalo Soldier” was given to them by the Native American tribes they fought. The term eventually became synonymous with all of the African-American regiments formed in 1866.
The park entrance fee is $7 per person age 14 and older. Youths aged 7 to 13 years of age are $4 each. There is no charge for children 6 years or younger. For more information about the activities at Fort Verde State Historic Park, call (928) 567-3275.