HistoriCorps partnered 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.