In 1966 the National Park Service designated Georgetown, Silver Plume, the intervening Loop valley and the surrounding mountainsides as the Georgetown Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District in recognition of the area’s uniquely well preserved representation of the 19th  century Rocky Mountain Mining Boom.   Georgetown celebrated the event, however, within two years newcomers interested in preservation realized that a federal designation would not protect the historic resources from being removed or overwhelmed by expansion and development particularly with the potential of a Winter Olympics and the reality of Interstate 70.  In 1969, Ron Neely, John Calhoun and Cynthia Wadsworth proposed the idea of a historical society to established business owners Bob Bolander, Bob Gibbs and Wally Baehler.  On May 7,1970, the Georgetown Society, later known as Georgetown Historical Society and now as Historic Georgetown Inc. was incorporated.

Thus the journey began.  From the start HGI was as much of a preservation agency as a traditional historical society.  A first project was assistance to the Town of Georgetown in the passage of Colorado’s first town-wide historic preservation ordinance that provided for the design review that continues today.  The years have seen HGI’s acquisition and preservation of historic structures, conservation of the setting through open lands, promotion of heritage tourism, cultural and fundraising events, publications, educational courses and a constant, and sometimes boisterous, commitment to the integrity of the Landmark District.  Rich, rewarding and never ending.

How Does Historic Georgetown Operate?
The property, funds, policies and affairs of Historic Georgetown are administered by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Executive Director provides day-to-day management. Part time staff and volunteers serve as guides and maintenance personnel. The dedication of the Board, Volunteers, and full & part-time staff is key to a smooth-running organization.

The operating and maintenance budget of Historic Georgetown gains income from membership dues, museum admissions, special events, shop sales, grants and donations. Less than 5% of our operating budget comes from government sources. We invite you to join us in our efforts to preserve one of a vanishing number of historic towns in the Rocky Mountain West.


*Golden Jubilee--This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District designation.  Stay tuned for ways you can help us celebrate this momentous occasion.

*2016 House Tour--HGI is hard at work planning for the 2016 Georgetown House Tour which will be held on July 30th.  Keep checking for updates about this semi-annual event.

*MUSEUM TOURS--The Hamill House Museum and the Alpine Hose #2 Museum are currently closed for the season.  Tours will resume on May 30th.  Off-season tours are available by call-ahead appointments only.  To schedule an off-season tour, please call 303-569-2840.


HGI is currently in the middle of a Structural Assessment on the Hamill House, provided for by a grant from the State Historical Fund.  When completed, we will have an in-depth list of needed repairs.  At that time, HGI intends to pursue further grants as well as donations from private donors to assist in this vital project.  We are dedicated to the goal of restoring this valued historic jewel for the enjoyment and education of future generations.
This summer, 
HGI hosted several fundraisers with this specific goal in mind.  
First Friday's at the Hamill House
Wagon Rides
The Past Moving Forward Picnic and Silent Auction
Thank you for all those who participated in these events.
Keep checking back for updated reports and news regarding this project.

Historic Georgetown, Inc., a not for profit corporation, was formed to preserve and encourage the preservation of historic buildings, objects, sites and areas relating to the history of Georgetown Colorado; to promote an awareness of and respect for all that is historically and architecturally significant about Georgetown; to encourage the appropriate management and conservation of the natural setting of Georgetown; and, through these efforts, to keep alive and intact, for the enrichment of present and future generations, the inherited character and charm and beauty of Georgetown and its unique role in the development of the Rocky Mountain West of the United States of America.
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