With a $200,000 grant from History Colorado Sate Historical Fund, Arapahoe County Open Spaces will replace the roof and conduct foundation and exteriors repairs to the 17 Mile House Farm Park barn. Construction is slated from March through October 2019.
A significant portion of the park, including the barn, milking shed, east windmill, chicken coop and poultry yard will be closed to the public. Visitors will still have access to the 17 Mile House and the Cherry Creek Regional Trailhead, although parking will be limited. Visitors to the 17 Mile House and Farm Park should follow all closure signs, stay out of restricted areas and watch for construction traffic while exploring the park.
The 17 Mile House is the last remaining mile house in Colorado in its original rural location and setting. Originally, the house constructed in the late 1870s was a stopping point on the Cherokee and Smoky Hill Trails as gold seekers and settlers made their way west along these wagon routes. Over the years, time and the elements have taken a toll on the structure rendering the barn unsafe for public access.
Once these improvements are complete, the barn will display farm equipment from the 1940s and 50s, be accessible for public tours, and support historical education events, and agricultural demonstrations from that era.