Step back in time…
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, a living history farm and museum, depicts life in the Pikes Peak Region from the perspective of the people who lived here. Four time periods are interpreted at the Ranch: c. 1800 American Indian Area (Ute and Plains Indian cultures); late 1860’s Galloway Homestead; 1880’s Rock Ledge House and working farm; the 1907 Orchard House, a country estate; and a working blacksmith shop. Some of the Smith’s hand-forged items are available for sale in Heritage Shop, run by the Living History Association, which offers other goods that reflect the visitor’s experience.
As a volunteer or docent, you make history a living experience for Ranch visitors. Docents dress in period-appropriate clothing and demonstrate everyday life in a “simpler time,” which you will discover the 19th century was not.
A docent in the Rock Ledge House will show visitors that when the railroad came to the Pikes Peak Region comforts and technology followed. It was just as hard to make a living in the semiarid landscape, but the Chambers family was successful at truck farming because they were innovative.
The Orchard House is an elegant country estate built by General William J. Palmer for William and Charlotte Schlater, his sister-in-law and her husband. Edwardian society-even here in the west adhered to strict social etiquette. Teas and afternoon visitations were important for social contact.
All volunteers must be registered before they may begin helping out at the Ranch.
To volunteer, please fill out the appropriate form (links provided below), indicating in the form that you’d like to volunteer for Rock Ledge Ranch.
If the above links don’t work, you should be able to reach the forms by following these instructions:
Go to: Springsgov.com
Click on “Departments” on right of blue bar at the top then select “Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services”
Click on “Volunteer Opportunities” and then “Volunteering-Youth and Teens”, if you are under 18, or “Volunteering-Adults”, if you are 18 or older.
Click on the application link in the “Quick Links” section on the right.
Thank You for your interest!