Avery House Tours Offered Year Round

The 1879 Avery House is open for tours Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 pm. Tours last about an hour and are offered by friendly, knowledgeable docents. Visit this charming home and spend a winter afternoon learning a little local history in cozy Victorian surroundings.


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Donations to Poudre Landmarks Foundation keep history alive in Fort Collins. Join us as we build a community that understands, appreciates, and values its past. Online donations to Poudre Landmarks Foundation are processed through ColoradoGives.org year round. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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A Recipe to Launch the New Year

To kick off January, we bring you this delightful excerpt from The Avery House Collection: Recipes and Biographical Sketches. This cookbook blends recipes from Fort Collins’ pioneer families with description and background of these early arrivals, whose fortitude and ingenuity contributed immeasurably to making Fort Collins what it is today. In this cold month, perhaps this nourishing recipe for Oil to Make the Hair Curl is just what you need in order to shine! 

Isaac and Sara Vannorsdel came from Beavery City, Nebraska, in 1894 and homesteaded at the foot of Stove Prairie. Isaac Vannorsdel was a Civil War veteran seeking a new start on the 320 acres of mountain land. They lived all their lives at Stove Prairie after coming to Colorado. Material given by Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Boston, daughter.

Oil to Make the Hair Curl
Olive oil, one pound; oil of organum, one drachm; oil rosemary, one and one half drachms.


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 23-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.