Paul Diefenderfer

Paul Diefenderfer mans the blacksmith exhibit at the Cave Creek Museum.


he Cave Creek Museum is opening for the 2020-21 season, and guests are invited to dig into history through outdoor and indoor exhibits, special collections, Kiwanis Family Sundays and a myriad of signature events.

In October, the Golden Reef Stamp Mill demonstration will reach a new audience via Facebook Live, with free, tentative online streaming at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, October 10. Visit the Cave Creek Museum’s Facebook page to see the stamp mill roar to life, crushing gold-bearing ore mined at the stamp mill’s original location on the back of nearby Continental Mountain. On-site visitors are welcome but must wear masks and social distance unless they are in a family group.

The public debut of the Cave Creek Museum’s recently completed interior renovation will take place via Zoom from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday, October 30. The theme is “Digging into the Museum and Building Dreams.”

“Attendees will get an exclusive preview of the exciting projects we have been working on, as well as some of our new programs and offerings,” Executive Director Karrie Porter Brace said.

Those who register by October 12 will be eligible to receive a complimentary bottle of wine delivered to their home. 

Tickets for this live Zoom event can be purchased via the museum’s website,, or by calling 480-488-2764.

Other events are being planned.

“The Cave Creek Museum Dream Team and volunteers have started putting up the Water Tower for the Gold Mining Sleuth and Panning exhibit for the kiddos,” Brace said. 

“Be sure to check the Cave Creek Museum Facebook page for more sneak peek updates as we get closer to the museum’s season opening, starting November 1.”

Guests are also invited to visit the blacksmith shop and chat with Cave Creek Museum volunteers, like Paul Diefenderfer. 

As a member of the Golden Reef Stamp Mill Dream Team, he helped rebuild the Golden Reef Stamp Mill and assists in the popular blacksmithing demonstrations. A Tubercular Cabin, which is an official Historic Landmark, is on-site nearby, along with the first church and the gazebo. Intriguing tales, cultural insights and fun facts are highlighted regularly on the Cave Creek Museum Facebook page. 

To volunteer at the Cave Creek Museum, contact Remington Pettus at 

Before logging in or visiting, call the museum, as programs are subject to change. The phone number is 480-488-2764. 

The Cave Creek Museum is located at 6140 E. Skyline Drive, Cave Creek.