Thousands Enjoy July 4th Festivities at the Avery House

The Old-Fashioned Fourth of July at the 1879 Avery House was a huge hit. Check out some photos from the event here, and click through to see lots more photos. Mark your calendar to join us on the Avery lawn next year for this community celebration honoring our nation.

31st Annual Historic Homes Tour Is on September 12

The 31st annual Historic Homes Tour is on Saturday, September 12. This late-summer event opens seven private residences as well as two historic city-owned properties to tour guests. This year's tour includes:

  • 3 homes built before World War II
  • 2 homes representing postwar housing before 1960
  • 1 early-20th-century country club repurposed as a residence
  • 1 early-20th-century farmhouse with unique collectibles from the first 50–60 years of Fort Collins’ history
  • the city-owned 1879 Avery House and 1883 Water Works

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on tour day, with tickets available for purchase at each tour stop on tour day. Advance tickets will be available beginning August 12 at several local stores, or buy online now by clicking the button below.

one of the houses on this year's historic homes tour

one of the houses on this year's historic homes tour

Scout Creates Water Works Tour for Smartphones

A love of the past unites PLF supporters, but that doesn't mean we don't embrace current technology and carry smartphones. Now, thanks to an ingenious young Boy Scout, you can use your smartphone to enhance your next tour of the 1883 Water Works. The Water Works, located at 2005 N. Overland Trail in Fort Collins, is open for free tours on the second Saturday of May–October, 10:00-3:00. The next tour day is August 8. 

How can you use your smartphone at the 1883 Water Works? Local Scout Chris Ray has created signs and mounted them at points of interest throughout the Water Works property. Each sign has a QR code that you can scan using a free app on your smartphone. Scan the code, and you're taken to a page at containing detailed information about the point of interest.

Poudre Landmarks Foundation extends a big thank you to Chris for a job well done. Tour goers will benefit from his hard work for years to come.

Don't miss the next tour day, happening on August 8. 


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the 1883 water works at 2005 n. overland trail in fort collins

the 1883 water works at 2005 n. overland trail in fort collins

The 1883 Water Works holds monthly open houses on the second Saturday of each month, May through October, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. No reservations required.

Built in 1882–1883, the Water Works includes 26 acres, 4 buildings, 2 historic irrigation ditches, and more. A vintage orchard features seven early varieties of apple trees. In addition, one of the largest cottonwood trees in Larimer County is located at the Water Works. 

The 1883 Water Works makes a scenic stop for bicyclists enjoying Fort Collins’ many bike trails. Pack a picnic and stop by for a tour. There are three more opportunities to tour in 2015: Aug. 8, Sep. 12, and Oct. 10!

The exquisite Avery House was built in 1879 and was the family home of Franklin and Sara Avery and their three children. The home was built of sandstone from local quarries and includes a carriage house, large yard, gazebo, and fountain. The Avery House is located at 328 W. Mountain Avenue in Old Town Fort Collins and serves as a museum honoring life at the turn of the 19th century. Open each Saturday & Sunday, 1–4 p.m. 

The Water Works facility at 2005 N. Overland Trail was constructed in 1882–83 to provide the growing town of Fort Collins with an adequate supply of water for fighting the building fires that plagued the early township. The facility is located at the western edge of Fort Collins on a 26-acre site that also features a portion of the Cherokee and Overland trails that led gold seekers, emigrants, and outlaws through the western frontier.

Poudre Landmarks Foundation's mission is to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area. PLF accomplishes this mission through the care and management of Historic Landmark sites owned by the City of Fort Collins, and by providing educational programs and events focused on early life in Fort Collins.