Holiday Events at the
Avery House

Come to the Avery House and experience the magic of a Victorian holiday!

Thanksgiving Weekend
House Tours and Boutique
Sat & Sun Nov 28 & 29 – 1 to 4 pm

'Twas the Night Before Christmas
$3 per child includes book reading, house tour, hot cocoa.
Fri Dec 4 at 6 pm & Sat Dec 5 at 4:30 pm

Holiday Open House
House Tours and Boutique
Sat & Sun Dec 5 & 6 – 11 am to 4 pm

Holiday Tea at the Carriage House
Varied times and dates available for 10 to 12 guests.
For information and reservations, contact us at or (970) 221-0533.

Shop the Avery Boutique
Crafted items, gifts, candy and baked items, books.
Enjoy complimentary hot cider while shopping.
Sat & Sun Nov 28 & 29 – 1 to 4 pm
Sat & Sun Dec 5–6 – 11 am to 4 pm
Sat & Sun Dec 12 & 13 – 1 to 4 pm

Admission to the house tours is free; donations are always appreciated.

THIS Saturday (Oct. 10):  2015's Final Water Works Open House

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

Built in 1882–1883, the Water Works includes 23 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 is ONE more opportunity to tour in 2015: October 10 is the day—mark your calendar!

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

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

Photos of Historic Homes & Vintage Trailer Tours 

The 31st annual Historic Homes Tour was on Saturday, September 12, 2015. This late-summer event opened seven private residences and two historic city-owned properties to tour guests. During the homes tour, guests also had the opportunity to attend the Vintage Vagabonds Trailer Tour and see inside six restored vintage travel trailers displayed at three houses on the homes tour. This tour add-on included six lovingly restored vintage Airstream, Aljoa, Aristocrat, and Red Dale trailers that dated from the 1940s to the 1970s and ranged in size from 10 to 24 feet.

Poudre Landmarks Foundation extends a gigantic thank you to everyone who supported this year's tour: attendees, volunteers, home and trailer owners, sponsors, City of Fort Collins, and the HHT Planning Committee. Your support of these events helps fund PLF's mission to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area. We hope to see you at the 2016 Historic Homes Tour on September 10, 2016! In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the 2015 homes tour and vintage trailer tour:


Your donation will assist PLF in its mission of preserving, restoring, protecting, and interpreting the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area. Join us as we build a community that understands, appreciates, and values its past. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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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.