History

The rich history of Rock Ledge Ranch stems back to the time of the Native American Indians in the early 1800’s.

Westward expansion prompted settlement in the area such that around the time of the Civil war, Galloway homesteaded on the land.

About 20 years later, at the peak of the Victorian Era in the 1874, the land was purchased by the Chambers family and the Rock Ledge House was built.

General Palmer, credited as the founder of Colorado Springs purchased the land around 1900. Five years later he had a house built to house an ill sister-in-law and her family, the Sclaters. They lived there until General Palmer died in 1909.

In 1938 the Chambers Ranch, as it had been called, was acquired by the Dent family. The new renovations on the Sclaters home included a white coat of paint, giving the surrounding area the nick-name ‘White House Ranch.’

In 1968 the city purchased the ranch and land surrounding the Garden of the Gods park as a natural preservation.

In 1995 the ranch name was changed to ‘Rock Ledge Ranch’, which was the name that the Chambers family had used to describe their land in the 1880’s. Restoration of the ranch began to produce an educational, enlightening and enjoyable experience for people to experience the rich history of our area in a living-history format.

Today people are more aware of the importance to protect history and are supportive of a growing movement of historical reenactment and preservation. We are proud to be one of the forerunners of that movement to give you live docents dressed in period attire.

Native Americans at the Indian area can provide insight on how they lived before the land was settled. Cabin docents demonstrate the arduous work and types of recreation with the time that lifestyle permitted. Rock Ledge House visitors are treated to the smells of a small victorian country kitchen and Chamber House guides, dressed in period attire, explain the nuances of the most technologically advanced house of its time.

Wherever you go on the ranch, the carefully preserved past becomes alive, merely waiting for you to begin its re-adventure.