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March 2019

Junior Docent Program

March 1 – 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  Experience Living History this year as a Junior Docent at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site! Junior Docents wear period clothing, demonstrate historic chores, games, and crafts, and interpret the unique history of the Pikes Peak region to visitors from around the world! Participation in the Junior Docent program is selective and dependent on several factors, including: age, interest, availability, maturity, and interview.   1775-1835 American Indian Interpretive Area 1860’s Homestead 1880’s Rock Ledge House 1880’s Farm and Garden 19th…

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Basic Blacksmith Workshop

March 23 – 8:00 am - March 24 – 5:00 pm

The Basic Blacksmith Workshop will be back for its 14th year! Ranch Manager and Blacksmith, Andy Morris and Don Hanson will conduct three one-day workshops (16 years and older). These hands-on workshops will include an overview of blacksmith history, tools, techniques and discussions of supplies necessary for starting your own shop. Each participant will forge practical and decorative items from hot steel to take home and amaze their family and friends! Please note: this workshop does NOT take place at…

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April 2019

Fiddles, Vittles & Vino

April 1 – 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm

NOW IN JUNE!!! A Southern Colorado Bluegrass and Culinary Arts Festival Foot-stomping bluegrass music, cooking demonstrations, living history activities, and, of course, the delectable food and wine tastings, have quickly made this event a regional favorite. Sample food from more than two dozen of Colorado Springs’ finest restaurants. Where else can you sip a vintage wine, listen to bluegrass melodies and enjoy a gorgeous view of Pikes Peak. Bring chairs or a blanket for seating at the concert. The festival…

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Spring Colorado Living History School Program

April 10 – 8:00 am - April 26 – 5:00 pm

April 10th — April 26th, 2019 Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. $3 per person; 1 Adult per 10 students Free By Reservation Only: 719-578-6777 Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Colorado History School Program is designed to help students become immersed in the 18th and 19th century’s culture for the most interactive educational experience. Our program is designed so that students learn they are part of history, and relate what they learn…

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June 2019

Spinning wheel. Historic interpreters using the antique sewing machine

Summer Living History Program

June 1 – 10:00 am - August 17 – 5:00 pm

Wednesdays - SaturdaysThe summer Living History Programs are an engaging, personal and fun way to visit a park. The program provides third-person interpretation of the  history of the Pikes Peak region to create dynamic, authentic experiences. Tours are self-guided through 6 historic sites: 1775-1835 American Indian Area, 1860s Homestead Cabin, 19th Century Garden and Farm, 1800s Victorian Rock Ledge House, 19th Century Blacksmith Shop, and 1907 Orchard House.All of your senses will be enlightened with history! Play games, see craft demonstrations,…

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Opening Day June 1

June 6 – 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Homespun Fun at the Ranch! In the 1880s, El Paso County boasted the largest population of sheep in the state at 120,000 critters. This produced about 560,000 pounds of fleece! Watch as the sheep are sheared with traditional and modern equipment and see a demonstration of expert the sheep dog handling. There will also be carding, spinning, dying, and weaving demonstration. Visit the General Store to buy gifts made from the very own sheep!

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July 2019

Family Fourth

July 4 – 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Musketeers at the Fourth of July Event

Make Rock Ledge Ranch your tradition for Independence Day! Visit each historic site to see how the eras celebrated the nations independence! Witness a re-enactment of a Revolutionary War Encampment and hear the Declaration of Independence read. Honest Abe will read the Gettysburg address. Visitors can also meet General William Jackson Palmer, Teddy Roosevelt, and Katherine Lee Bates while patriotic brass band music resonates throughout the site! Carnival games are available in the barn with prizes! (Tickets available for $0.50 each, cash only)…

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September 2019

Labor Day Vintage Base Ball Game

September 2 – 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The highlight of Labor Day is our annual vintage base ball match between the Camp Creek Cloud Busters (your home team) and the STAR Base Ball Club of Colorado Territory. The Cloud Busters are no “farm team,” but needs your support to cheer them on to victory! The first pitch is at 1:00 p.m.This game is vintage rules: no  spittin', no swearin', no gloves.  “Cranks” (the spectators) can influence the umpire’s call in your team’s favor! “Base ball is the very symbol of the…

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41st Annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival

September 13 - September 15
Art set up during Annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival

The Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival is an annual event at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site at the  Garden of the Gods Park. It features the craftsmanship of 165 juried artisans from across the United States. You will find a unique array of fine crafts, one-of-a-kind collectibles, antiques and much, much more! Complimented by food music and historic tours, this event benefits the preservation and restoration of Rock Ledge Ranch. Vendors are encouraged to apply by returning the jury…

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