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17 Mile House Farm Park

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Admission Fee

Free

Features

  1. ADA Accessible
  2. Parking
  3. Picnic Areas
  4. Restrooms
  5. Trail Access
Features

Residents can step back in time during a visit to 17 Mile House, a 155-year old farm which served as an important resting stop for pioneers traveling on the Cherokee/Smoky Hill wagon trails in the 1860’s.

This County-designated heritage area includes a historic house, red barn, silo and milk shed, which were restored to their known condition in the early 1900's, as well as two replica windmills and 30 acres of open space. The Farm Park also features a trail head to connect to the Cherry Creek Regional Trail, picnic tables, a parking lot and restroom.

The property is situated between the 75-acre Norton Farm Open Space owned by the Town of Parker and the 107-acre Parker Jordan/Centennial Open Space.

Open House and Tours

Complimentary tours of the house are provided by members of the Cherry Creek Historical Society on one Saturday per month. Visitors may drop by anytime during our Open House hours to learn about the history of the property and its significance to Colorado history. Otherwise, the house and barn are open by appointment only.

2017 Open House and Tour Dates
All 2017 Open House events to be held on a Saturday from 9 a.m. to Noon.
(Dates and times are subject to change)
  • May 6
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 2

School Tours - In partnership with the Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society and Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners, we are happy to create a curriculum and schedule that fits your class studies and needs. From tours of the house to history and nature lessons and guided hikes, we've got something for all of your students.

Partnerships

History Colorado, State Historical Fund: Provided grant funding to support historic structure assessments for the 17 Mile House and the Barn. Grant funding also partially supported the rehabilitation/restoration of the 17 Mile House.

Colorado Historical Foundation: Supports the ongoing monitoring and management of the façade easement on the property’s historic buildings.

Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society: Supports operations of the facility by offering tours of the house and historical programming.

Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners: Offer outdoor education experiences to our community along the Cherry Creek.

Town of Parker: Supports the ongoing monitoring of the property’s conservation easements.

History and Master Plan

The 17 Mile House has a long and significant history. When the 1859-1860 gold rush resulted in large-scale settlement of the state, a series of inns emerged along Cherry Creek to accommodate travelers and freighters.

These 'mile houses' were located every 2-3 miles along the Cherokee/Smoky Hill wagon trails from Kansas, all named based on their distance to the intersection of Colfax and Broadway.

Upon arrival, travelers could get a meal, spend the night, rest their animals and have minor repairs made to their coaches or wagons. Out of the original six mile houses, only 17 Mile House and 4 Mile House exist in their entirety today.

With arrival of the railroad in 1882, pioneer traffic along the wagon trails ended, and so did the need for mile houses. But the name stuck. For over 100 years, hard-working Coloradans lived on the land at 17 Mile House.

In 2001, nine entities collaborated to preserve this valuable piece of Colorado history and provide an open space area for the public to enjoy. Partners included Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Town of Parker, Great Outdoors Colorado, Gates Family Foundation, Colorado State Historical Fund, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, City of Aurora and the Trust for Public Land.

Arapahoe County has developed the 17 Mile House Farm Park Master Plan to serve as a guide for future management and development of this open space park.