The Voice of History in Fort Collins
Big Splash on June 13 at the Water Works
Come to the annual Big Splash at the Fort Collins Water Works on June 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2005 N. Overland Trail. This free event is a Fort Collins favorite that offers fun for all ages. The event includes:
• Tours of the historic buildings
• Bucket brigade and fire engine from Poudre Fire Authority
• Blacksmithing demonstration
• Water trivia and education games and activities
• Live music and entertainment
• Food vendor
4th of July Festivities at the 1879 Avery House
Celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth of July at the 1879 Avery House 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 328 W. Mountain Ave. Admission is free. Enjoy Victorian games and crafts, live music, historic characters, visual artists, activities, booths, and more. Historic Fort Collins character portrayals include the first mayor of Fort Collins, Uncle Sam, a school marm, Auntie Stone, and others.
Take in the City of Fort Collins July 4th parade on Mountain Ave. and stop at the Avery House for some old-fashioned fun.
Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Enjoy Tea on the Avery Lawn! Experience a traditional tea, a demo of a Japanese tea ceremony, a silent auction, and a tour of the Avery House exhibit highlighting the Avery family's early-1900s Japan tours. Vintage attire welcome. Tickets $25—click the Buy Tickets button!
Spring is here, and with the warmer weather, the Water Works resumes its monthly open houses on the second Saturday of each month, through October, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
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 Water Works makes a great scenic stop for bicyclists enjoying Fort Collins’ many bike trails. Pack a picnic and stop by for a tour!
GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!
This exquisite home 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 on Mountain Avenue in Old Town Fort Collins and serves as a museum honoring life at the turn of the 20th 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.