Staunton Cabin, CO 2021
Staunton Cabin, CO 2021

Staunton Cabin, CO 2021

Staunton Cabin, CO 2021

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, this cabin is located a just short hike from the entrance of this extremely popular state park. This irreplaceable cultural and historic resource is the subject of one of our biggest projects for 2021!

PROJECT PARTNER:  Friends of Staunton State Park and Colorado Parks and Wildlife

SESSION DATES: May 17-22  |  May 23-28  |  May 30 – June 4  |  June 6-11  |  June 13-18

Project Site Description & History

HistoriCorps is partnering with the Friends of Staunton State Park to do the hands-on work necessary to restore a high-profile cabin in Staunton State Park this spring! This park is one of Colorado’s most celebrated natural and historic resources. It is especially famous for dramatic natural features like Elk Falls and Lion Head Rock. Staunton State Park is one of the largest parks in the front range, and offers several miles of hiking trails, incredible vistas, rock climbing, and a number of historic structures, including a late 19th/early 20th century sawmill! More than 1,700 acres of park land was donated to the state by Francis Staunton in 1986. Learn more here.

The Staunton Cabin (pictured above) was constructed in 1918 by physicians Archibald and Rachel Staunton. This building does not only carry enormous local and regional historic significance – it was actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. Today, the cabin is located a just short hike from the entrance of this extremely popular state park. This irreplaceable cultural and historic resource is facing significant threats from deterioration.

Our partner shares, “Friends of Staunton State Park 501(c)(3), park management, the volunteers of Staunton State Park, and park visitors are all keenly focused on restoring the Staunton Homestead cabin due to its historical significance and the educational opportunities it represents to future generations. Of major concern is the condition of the Staunton Cabin which has deteriorated over the years making both stabilization and preservation an urgent need to avoid losing the park’s namesake altogether.”

Learn more about the history of Staunton Cabin and the efforts to restore it here.

The Staunton Cabin is set a short distance from the park’s main entrance, and offers pleasant mountain scenery. Our early summer work here should offer wonderfully pleasant weather conditions.

Elk Falls streams down 100 vertical through a beautiful rock face in the park. Be sure to hike out and see it!

Lion Head Rock is one of many promontories seen in Staunton. Credit: Colorado.com

Location and Logistics

PROJECT PARTNER: Friends of Staunton State Park and Colorado Parks and Wildlife

SESSION DATES: May 17-22, May 23-28, May 30 – June 4, June 6-11, and June 13-18

Please plan to arrive at our campsite no earlier than 5pm and no later than 7pm on the first day of your session.

SITE INFORMATION: Tent camping only   Site is RV/trailer accessible***

There are only 2 spaces for small/medium-sized RVs/trailers. If you are bringing an RV/trailer, please confirm there is still space for your rig with us at volunteer@historicorps.org. Volunteers may also rent campsites in the park, however, reservations go fast!

LOCATION:

ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: HistoriCorps projects are free for volunteers! HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, and equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the campsite, sleeping equipment, work clothes and boots, and other personal gear.

Scope of Work

SCOPE OF WORK DIFFICULTY:  

HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers and youth will learn the traditional skills necessary to preserve the Staunton Cabin:

  • Regrade site to direct water away from building foundation:  15%
  • Repair structural rafters:  15%
  • Install cedar shake roof:  65%   (HistoriCorps will train volunteers on how to work safely on roofs, and provide all necessary scaffolding, harnesses, and other fall protection.)
  • Repair miscellaneous wood elements:  5%

Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.

Sign Up!

We’re thrilled this project has inspired you to volunteer! Choose your session and register below:

You will know your registration was successful when you receive a confirmation email. Contact volunteer@historicorps.org for assistance.

HistoriCorps does not charge for its volunteering projects. HistoriCorps relies on donations to continue engaging volunteers to save significant historical sites across America for generations to come. Your donation of any amount will make an incredible difference! Increase your impact – make a generous gift today.

Volunteer Logistics, Policies, and Advice

We’re so glad you’re interested in joining this project! If you’re new to our community, review the Volunteer FAQ first! Please note the following logistics and policies:

  • Review our COVID protocols, including mask requirements, here.
  • Volunteering with HistoriCorps is free! We will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Dinner is not provided on the first night.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own gear, sturdy work clothes and boots, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Check the average temperatures before you start packing – the nights and mornings may be colder than you anticipate! Then, read this advice about how to stay warm when tent camping in colder places.
  • Campsite accessibility varies by project. Some projects can accommodate tents only; others can accommodate small RVs. Please review the project site description above for more information, and if you’re still not sure, email volunteer@historicorps.org for help.
  • If this project does not offer showers, you might want to consider bringing a solar shower or research other methods to clean up after the work day.
  • Volunteer crew sizes generally range from 4-8 volunteers, with two HistoriCorps staff that lead and train volunteers in the work.
  • Safety is one of HistoriCorps’ top priorities, and volunteers can contribute to a safe working environment by ensuring their physical fitness is adequate for the work. See above for this project’s scope of work and difficulty level. Please, call us if you are not quite sure if a project is a good fit for your skills or fitness level. We may be able to suggest a project more suitable and enjoyable for you.
  • Dogs are generally allowed to accompany their humans in project campsites (actually, we love having dogs join us around the campfire!). Dogs are not permitted on the job site for everyone's safety. HOWEVER: HistoriCorps also follows the rules and regulations of our project partner. If the project partner does not permit dogs onsite then HistoriCorps is no exception. Please ask HistoriCorps or the project partner directly if you have any questions about whether Fido is welcome.