(Colorado Springs, CO) Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, a fabulous living history museum in Colorado Springs, is hosting a Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 1st, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The historic site sits on 230 acres at Garden of the Gods Park and is especially beautiful with fall foliage.
During the Harvest Festival, guests can explore the expansive grounds, tour the homes, and enjoy fall-themed activities. There will be wagon rides, old-time music, a "candy scramble" in the hay, a pumpkin patch (pumpkins are $5 each), and food and beverages for purchase.
Please bring cash for the pumpkin and food vendors. An ATM is available on-site.
The Harvest Festival admission is $8.00 for adults (ages 18-54), $4.00 for youth (ages 6-17), and children five and under are free. There are senior and military discounts, and tickets can be purchased in advance here.
Rock Ledge Ranch History
Rock Ledge Ranch has a fascinating history.
According to the venue's website, Walter Galloway, originally from Scotland, built a homestead cabin on the land in the 1860s. A reconstructed cabin, the Galloway Homestead, now sits on the property.
In 1874, Galloway paid $200 for 160 acres of land and sold it to Robert Chambers for $1,400.
The Chambers family built a stone house (the Chambers Family House), a reservoir, and an extensive irrigation system for their fruit orchard and vegetable garden. They named their new home "Rock Ledge Ranch."
In 1900, Robert and Elsie Chambers retired to California and sold their property to General William J. Palmer for $17,000. Palmer built the Orchard House, a country home with modern conveniences including electricity and plumbing, for his sister-in-law and her husband.
During Saturday's festival, guests can tour the different homes and visit the blacksmith shop, carriage house, general store, and barn. Or, if you prefer, sit on the beautiful lawn and enjoy the scenery while eating a slice of pie! I'll see you there.
- Location: 3105 Gateway Road, Colorado Springs
- Free parking on site