Hayden’s Ferry Days

Hayden's Ferry with horse and buggy, Tempe, AZ c.1890 

Hayden’s Ferry crossing the Salt River- circa 1890. Photo and History Courtesy of the Tempe History Museum

 

 3rd Annual Hayden’s Ferry Days
A Celebration of Tempe’s History
March 2 – 4, 2018

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HAYDEN’S FERRY DAYS CELEBRATION

Hayden’s Ferry Days is an annual celebration to raise awareness of the rich culture and history of Tempe and involve community members of all ages in an engaging, informative and entertaining way. The Tempe Historical Society is proud to be a part of Tempe’s rich heritage and its future. This year, the Tempe Historical Society is celebrating its 49th anniversary.

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Hayden’s Ferry Days is a series of individual events in multiple venues over several days. Each event is organized by a variety of Tempe’s non-profit organizations and businesses who care about preserving and sharing our community’s history and culture. Each event showcases several locations and historic sites. It is designed to showcase Tempe’s rich cultural and historic resources and highlight the unique contributions of each participating organization.      

OUR SHARED HISTORY

 The first settlers to move to the Tempe area, south of the Salt River and east of Phoenix, were Hispanic families from southern Arizona. They helped construct the two first irrigation canals, the Kirkland-McKinney Ditch and the San Francisco Canal, and started small farms to the east and west of a large butte (Tempe Butte). In 1872, some of these Mexican settlers founded a town called San Pablo east of Tempe Butte.  Another settlement, known as Hayden’s Ferry, developed west of Tempe Butte. Charles Trumbull Hayden, owner of a mercantile and freighting business in Tucson, homesteaded this location in 1870. Within a few years, he had built a store and flourmill, warehouses and blacksmith shops, and a ferry. This community became the trade center for the south side of the Salt River Valley. Both settlements grew quickly and soon formed one community. The town was named Tempe in 1879.

FOUNDERS DINNER-MARCH 2, 2018

The 3rd Annual Hayden’s Ferry Day Celebration will kick off with a Founders Dinner thanking sponsors, donors, participating partners, friends and volunteers. The Founder’s Dinner is hosted by Tempe Sister Cities Organization and the Tempe Historical Society, and will be held at the historic Hackett House in Tempe. $50.

THE FESTIVAL-MARCH 3, 2018

The Hayden’s Ferry Day Festival will be held at the Tempe History Museum and will highlight the museum, entry plaza, and community exhibits. In addition to surrounding the museum grounds with displays, antique & collectibles sale, booths, demonstrators, and food trucks, we will continue to show-case outstanding local and regional arts, music, and culture. Free festival. Small admission fee for Vintage & Antique Market and for appraisals.

HISTORIC TOUR DAY-MARCH 4, 2018

Hayden’s Ferry Days Sunday’s events open with the Walk Through History Tour showcasing historic buildings in downtown Tempe. Our day continues with tours of the Petersen, Hackett, Eisendrath and Elias-Rodriguez historic houses. The day is completed with an afternoon High Tea at the at the historic Eisendrath house. Historic house tours are free. Walk Through History, $25. Afternoon Tea, $22.

EVENT CALENDAR

Coming soon:
Tickets will be available at Tempe History Museum, Hackett House and on Eventbrite.

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March 2, 2018
7:00 p.m.

Hayden’s Ferry Days Founder’s Dinner
*Tempe Sister Cities*

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March 3, 2018

Hayden’s Ferry Days Festival
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*Tempe History Museum*  

Vintage & Antique Indoor Market
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
*Hayden’s Ferry Questers*

Tempe Community Complex:
Tempe History Museum & Edna Vihel Arts Center
809 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe

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March 4, 2018

Hayden’s Ferry Days Historic Tour Day

Walk Through History Tour
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
*Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation*    

Historic Petersen House Museum Tour
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
*Tempe History Museum & Hayden’s Ferry Questers*                                                                      

Historic Elias-Rodriguez House Tour
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
*Tempe History Museum & Guess Birchett Questers*

Historic Hackett House Self-Guided Tour
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
*Tempe Sister Cities*                                    

Eisendrath House Tour and Afternoon Tea
2:00 p.m. (ticket required)
*Rio Salado Foundation*

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*Event Host Organizer*

TEMPE HISTORICAL SOCIETY THANKS THE FOLLOWING

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

TEMPE HISTORY MUSEUM

RIO SALADO FOUNDATION

HAYDEN FERRY QUESTERS

DOWNTOWN TEMPE AUTHORITY

VETERANS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

TEMPE SISTER CITIES ORGANIZATION

TEMPE HISTORIC PRESERVATION FOUNDATION

EVENT SPONSORS & DONORS

FRIENDS OF THE TEMPE PUBLIC LIBRARY

TEMPE PUBLIC ARTS PROGRAM

TEMPE FIREFIGHTER UNION

TEMPE TOURISM BUREAU

SALT RIVER PROJECT

LAKESHORE MUSIC

CITY OF TEMPE

For more information call Tempe History Museum at (480) 350-5100 or email museum@tempe.gov.
Tickets will be available at the museum and on Eventbrite for paid events.