Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is fortunate to have a large number of volunteers assisting with programs and special events. As a volunteer or docent, you make history come alive for Ranch visitors from all over the world! Adult and Junior Docents dress in period-appropriate clothing and demonstrate everyday life depicting 1775- 1907 at each historic site represented:
- 1775 American Indian Area (Ute and Plains Indian cultures): Erect authentic tipi, exhibit pelts of fur, beadwork, and explain the lifestyle of the native people.
- 1860s Homestead: The 1862 Homestead Act was the foundation of Westward development. Experience the environment of an early cabin homesteader: farming, cooking, entertainment, and chores.
- 1880s Rock Ledge House and Farm: when the railroad came to the Pikes Peak Region comforts and technology followed. It was a challenge to make a living in the semi-arid landscape, but the Chambers’ family was successful farmers and boarding hosts to tuberculosis patients during Westward expansion.
- 19th Century Blacksmith Shop: A representation of trade craft that was available in Old Colorado City during the growth of the Pikes Peak population. Some of the Smith’s hand-forged items are available for sale in the General Store!
- 1907 Orchard House: an elegant country estate built by General William J. Palmer for William and Charlotte Sclater, his sister-in-law and her husband. Docents interpret domestic servants cooking, cleaning, and providing tours of the historic home.
If you need help or have questions about the programs or applications please contact us at (719) 578-6777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.