Fall events abound at the Littleton Museum
Volunteers in 19th century costumes are preparing to make ketchup on the 1860s farm.
The barn and old windmill is next to the Blacksmith’s shop at the Littleton Museum.
Article and photos by Liz Jurkowski
Who knew that an outstanding living history museum exists less than a half hour from the City of Castle Pines? The Littleton Museum, located in quaint and quiet old Littleton, is an indoor and outdoor museum with exhibits, volunteers in period costume and character, and two working nineteenth century farms. Admission is free, so wander just a few miles away to experience Colorado’s recent history.
The Littleton Museum houses an indoor exhibit showing Colorado and Littleton’s history during the past two centuries. The outdoor exhibits, though, are where most of the fun is. The 1860s farm includes a farmhouse, gardens, and pastures with cows, goats, and sheep. There is also a nineteenth century schoolhouse, icehouse and barn.
A short walk away from the schoolhouse is the section of the museum reserved for the 1890s farmstead. It includes a house equipped with working period pieces and an attached kitchen with a working stove. Outside, a beautiful garden, chicken coop, blacksmith’s shop, barn and pastures show how life was for Colorado families after statehood was achieved.
October is a busy month at the Littleton Museum. The Harvest Festival is on October 12, and many Halloween events are scheduled for October 26, including an after-dark tour of the 1860s farm.
The Littleton Museum is located at 6028 S. Gallup Street, in Littleton. For additional information, visit www.littletongov.org/museum or call 303-795-3950.