The Stone House
In 1901, Theodore Carlton Schnebly left Missouri and headed west. In 1902, he made the area that we know as Sedona his home. The area was named after his lovely wife Sedona Schnebly (because the Postmaster General in Washington, D.C. decided the names “Oak Creek Crossing” and “Schnebly Station” were too long).
Their restored home is on the grounds of the Los Abrigados Resort and Spa. Oak Creek, which flows from the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff and runs through Los Abrigados, was used by Schnebly as a water source for his farm. The Owenby Irrigation Ditch, established in 1902, still runs in front of the historic Stone House on the property. It was not far from there that Schnebly opened Sedona’s first hotel, a 10 room two-story building that included a general store and post office. You can actually spend the night in the “Stone House,” the Schneblys original home, for what most of us would call a small fortune. I’m sure it is quite different from the house the Schnebly’s inhabited. It features a full kitchen, large living room and dining room, beds for six, fireplace, and sitting room. The Stone House’s master bedroom even has a Jacuzzi!
That all sounds very luxurious, but the idea of living in a simple stone house like this with beautiful red rock formations springing up from the earth all around appeals to me even more. Put that hammock from Saturday a few feet away, and I think I might have an idea what heaven is like.