All three of Forgotten Fort Collins’ sponsors have events happening in September! The Fort Collins Historical Society opens the month with a talk on the history of Red Feather Lakes. The 33rd Annual Historic Homes Tour is mid-month. And the Bee Family Farm will be holding their annual Pioneer Living Day near the end of September.

Rugged Mountain Life in Red Feather Lakes

What: Talk on the history of Red Feather Lakes
Where: Masonic Temple, 225 W. Oak St.
When: September 5th, 7 – 8:30 pm.
Cost: Free and open to the public.

The Fort Collins Historical Society is kicking off the 2017-18 season with a series of talks on “Rugged Mountain Life.” Pat Clemens will be the first speaker with the history of the Red Feather Lakes area.

Historical Society talks are free and open to the public! If you’d like to become a member to help support the speaker series, membership is only $10 a year.

In recent years, the Society has hosted five talks a year. That’s getting ratcheted up to seven this year — there are just too many mountain stories to share in only five sessions.

Flyer of talks for the 2017-18 season for the Fort Collins Historical Society

In related news, the Historical Society has an all new website!

33rd Annual Historic Homes Tour and Talk

WhatArchitectural Darwinism: How houses evolve over time — a presentation and discussion prior to the Historic Homes Tour.
Where: The Coloradoan, 1300 Riverside Ave.
When: Wednesday, September 13. 7 – 8:30 pm.
Cost: $10.

What: 33rd Annual Historic Homes Tour by the Poudre Landmarks Foundation.
Where: Six privately owned houses  in Old Town, Fort Collins as well as the Avery House (328 W Mountain Ave.) and the Water Works (2005 N. Overland Trail).
When: September 16th, 10 am – 4 pm.
Cost: $$25 in advance and $30 on tour day.

The Fort Collins Historic Homes Tour is in its 33rd year, but the talk and discussion on how houses change is a recent addition that has become popular in its own right. Following an introduction and overview by Pat Nelson, a three person panel made up of Barbara Fleming, Robin Stitzel, and Bill Whitley will talk about the patterns of change than many older houses have experienced. When “the only thing that is constant is change” (Heraclitus), it’s no wonder that most older homes have seen several iterations of change over the years.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the passive solar design built into many older homes. You’ll also receive tips about what to look for in your own home to get hints about prior uses and layout of the building. This is a great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of older homes.

The 33rd Annual Historic Homes tour include six private homes this year. Five were built between 1879 and 1920 and one was built in 2008 “with the spirit of old town in mind.” Guests will be able to walk through the homes, learning more about the history of each place. The historic Avery House and Waterworks will also be open and trolley rides are free to ticket holders.

You can purchase tickets any of the stops on tour day (so any of those 6 houses as well as at the Avery House or Water Works). Advance tickets are available online and at the following local outlets:

  • Ace Hardware of Fort Collins, 1001 E. Harmony Rd.
  • Downtown Ace Hardware, 215 S. College Ave.
  • Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 E. Mulberry St.
  • Josephs’ Hardware & Home Center, 2160 W. Drake Rd.
  • Perennial Gardener/Sense of Place, 154 N. College Ave.

If you look through the ticket options on the website, you’ll note that there’s also an option to tour a historic farm house. For a small additional fee you can “hop on a free shuttle to experience the featured farm property on Overland trail — complete with restored barn, renovated farm house and vintage farm equipment on display.”

“Travel Pioneer Style” at Pioneer Living Day at the Bee Family Farm

What: Pioneer Living Day includes old fashioned festivities on the farm
Where: The Bee Family Farm located at 4320 East County Road 58, which is northeast of Fort Collins and southeast of Wellington.
When: September 23rd. 10 am – 3 pm.
Cost: $7 Adults, $5 Seniors 60+, $3 Children 3-12, under 3 are free. Take cash! The farm doesn’t accept credit cards.

The theme for this year’s Pioneer Living Day at the Bee Family Farm is “Travel Pioneer Style.” There will be fun activities, animals and opportunities to learn pioneer skills and travel on the farm. (There will be no vintage baseball game this year.)

Head to the Bee Family Farm on September 23rd to see what life was like 100 years ago. There will be demonstrations of draft horse models, goat herding, working with horses, milking, miniature hay stacking models, blacksmithing, woodworking, bread and butter making, household chores, food preservation, as well as spinning, quilting and sewing demonstrations. The Beet Farmer’s Wife will be talking about life on the beet farm. There will be a dress up photo booth, craft and vendor booths, lots of children’s activities and trolley rides. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day of activities. There will be lemonade ice & cream-small for sale.

Pioneer Living Day at the Bee Family Farm - 2017

If you visit any of these sponsors due to seeing it here first, please let the folks there know that Forgotten Fort Collins sent you.