Historic Georgetown

Historic Georgetown at the Hamill House


There may have been a time when preservation was about saving an old building, here or there, but those days are gone...Preservation is in the business of saving communities and the values they embody.

Richard Moe, The National Trust

There's something special about an old house - whether it's a sense of place and time, personal history, or simply the joy of craftsmanship found in old buildings. Historic Georgetown helps protect those places that tell the story of a remarkable little town known as the Silver Queen of the Rockies.

Georgetown-Silver Plume National
Historic Landmark District

In the early 1950s, the first efforts were made to preserve Georgetown's remaining 19th-century buildings as historic resources. The importance of Georgetown's place in history was given national recognition in 1966 by the Department of the Interior. Through the National Park Service, the towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume were recognized as a National Historic Landmark District (NHLD) and protected to help tell the story of the American West.  Historic Georgetown was formed as a private non-profit organization in 1970 to assist in the efforts to preserve and interpret Georgetown's mining past. While federal, state, local government and local organizations work to restore landmark sites, most of Georgetown's 200 19th-century structures are privately owned, protected, and preserved by local citizens. Today, Georgetown is a study in history, architecture, and historic preservation in addition to being a living 21st-century community.  The NHLD encompasses both Georgetown and Silver Plume, the narrow-gauge railroad that straddles the high valley between the two towns, along with some of the mountainsides that surround the high-mountain villages.

Open Lands

The entire Rocky Mountain region is known for its majestic views, and Georgetown is no exception. The town is base camp to some amazing hiking trails, mountain biking terrain, scenic drives, peaceful lakes, and unmatched vistas. Historic Georgetown holds over 2,000 acres of open lands that are maintained for the recreational use of the public. Most of these lands are preserved for non-motorized use, but some, including Saxon Mt. Road, are open to motorized vehicles. The organization prides itself on its partnerships and programs that promote our local trail systems in and around the NHLD. Please enjoy yourself while on our lands, but please remember to pack out whatever you packed in. And equally important, please leave historic artifacts behind for others to enjoy as they belong to all of us.

Fanny Watson on right enjoys a picnic just days after her betrothal in August 1893 to photographer of this image Patrick O'Kane 

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What's New at HGI

First Fridays at the

Hamill House

Our kickoff is Friday, June 5th at 5:30!

Unwind and start your weekend at the Historic Hamill House. Donation includes wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, lawn games, children’s activities, house tours and a raffle for prizes. We will also be launching Georgetown’s new A Guide to Historic Sites in Georgetown Colorado by Bill Wilson.

Historic Tour Wagon Rides 

June 6th, July 4th, Aug. 1
12:30pm and 2:30pm

Enjoy a leisurely horse drawn wagon ride through Historic Georgetown.  See the historical buildings and learn more about the rich history in this area.  Tickets are limited. Reserve yours today!

We're Growing at the Hamill House

Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange Heirloom, Untreated, Non-Hybrid, Non GMO Seeds Sold exclusively at the The Hamill House. Stop by or call us at (303)569-2840 to get your seeds today.

HGI is now a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM). With your NARM level membership you can visit over 700 arts, cultural and historic museums across North America --FOR FREE! Not only that you will receive a discount in the reciprocal member's museum stores. Cards will be going out for our current NARM level members. Make supporting HGI worth your while.



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