Long-time Avery House Volunteer Wins Award in National Arts Contest

Each year the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have a themed contest for all DAR members who are artists and craft experts. In this year’s contest, Karol Henderson Harding has been selected as the National First Place Winner  in the category of Historic Costume. This year’s theme was “Celebrating the Arts from the Time of Our Founding Daughters to the Present.” Ms. Harding's entry is an 1895 black silk blouse waist.  The blouse will be on display in Washington, D.C., during this summer’s DAR Continental Congress meeting.

Ms. Harding is  the Vice Regent of the Cache la Poudre Chapter of the DAR, based in Fort Collins. She  also volunteers as a programmer for KRFC-FM and as a docent for the Avery House. She credits her work with the Avery House costume committee with advancing her education on historic costumes. PLF is delighted and proud to share the news about Ms. Harding's well-deserved award! 


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

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

The 1883 Fort Collins Water Works is a community treasure. This rustic museum on Overland Trail road showcases not only a beautiful historic building but also a scenic property with vintage apple trees and one of the area's largest and oldest cottonwood trees. The architectural and engineering aspects of the pump house and filter room offer vivid historical information to visitors of all ages. 

Friends of the Water Works (FWW), the volunteer group that helps PLF preserve and interpret the Water Works, is looking for volunteers to join its ranks!

Whatever your talent or interest, FWW can put it to good use. Whether you have a little time or a lot of time, you can make a difference. From hands-on projects like gardening to "heads-on" projects like guiding visitors during Water Works open houses, we have a use for every skill and would love to meet you.

Interested in joining FWW?
Email us or call (970) 221-0533.


Big Changes Ahead for the 1883 Water Works

PLF’s dream of a Water Works Water Interpretation Center for Northern Colorado is soon to be realized! Detailed plans for the center were recently finalized through a construction document project funded by the Colorado State Historical Fund, Poudre Heritage Alliance, and the City of Fort Collins. Stewart Architecture of Louisville, CO, created the documents that PLF and future contractors will use to complete the work.

Picture arriving at the Water Works property through a new entrance off Overland Trail, walking through the apple orchard on maintained pathways, entering the climate-controlled Water Works building, and finding state-of-the-art exhibits highlighting the Water Works site and other water topics. Read more . . . . 


A Century of Fashion on Display at Avery House

A remarkable assemblage of a century of fine womenswear, mid-1800s to mid-1900s, the Margaret Brown Collection is among the largest donations of historic costume to PLF. Come to the Avery House and see a beautiful, wide-ranging display of fashion.

The exhibit runs Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00-4:00, Feb. 6 to July 10. Free admission. Donations appreciated. No reservations needed.

Margaret Brown’s lifelong love of vintage fashion resulted in an extensive collection that she used for charity fashion shows. Brown, who currently lives in Denver, had been on the lookout for a suitable place to donate her collection. After seeing the Rocky Mountain PBS Arts District feature on the Avery House’s 2013 Downton Abbey–inspired costume exhibit, Brown contacted PLF about donating her collection. PLF is delighted and honored to share, through this exhibit, Margaret Brown’s legacy of fashion and friendship.


Give Where You Live

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.



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.