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Our Mission: Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation is committed to preserving the natural environment, enhancing cultural life in Colorado, and providing educational opportunities devoted to western heritage, wildlife, and the arts.
Cherokee Ranch & Castle includes land that originally belonged to two separate homesteads in the late 1890s: The Flower Homestead and the Blunt Homestead. The Johnson Family moved from the East and purchased the Flower homestead in 1924 and built the Scottish-style castle. They sold the property to Tweet Kimball in 1954. Tweet purchased adjacent land that had been the Blunt Homestead and renamed both pieces of land Cherokee Ranch, which today includes almost 3,200 acres of natural beauty and wildlife. In 1996, Tweet sold Cherokee Ranch in a conservation easement to Douglas County. The Foundation holds the deed to the land and the land is now protected as a wildlife sanctuary and serves as a cultural and educational center.
Cherokee Ranch & Castle's unique architecture combines aspects of the Western United States and a Scottish-style castle. The Castle is a museum that is home to historic collections of fine art, furnishings and memorabilia from around the world. Art lovers often visit to see original drawings by Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The Castle's breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains make it an unforgettable destination for events and cultural discovery.
Choose From Many Experiences
Today, Cherokee Ranch & Castle is a vibrant cultural and educational center that hosts a variety of activities:
• Performing Arts Series July 30-December 22, 2006: Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Denver Center Theatre and well-known musical artists
• Tours and Tea: Join us for a relaxing, historic afternoon and tour of the castle
• Teas: Enjoy an authentic English-style afternoon tea
• Educational Opportunities: We partner with schools to host educational field trips
• Santa Gertrudis Cattle Ranch: Visit the prize-winning cattle that are still bred here
• Plan your special event at the Castle: Contact us to plan an unforgettable wedding, party or corporate event
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