Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is a living history museum located on 226 acres in Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO. The Ranch is dedicated to experiential education, and the preservation of history of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. The site was registered to the National Registry of Historic Places and opened to the public in 1979. Dating back to the 1770s, the American Indian Ute tribe camped in the area. Shortly after the Homestead Act of 1862 passed, a homesteader lived on the land. Two historic original homes still stand: the Chambers Family 1874 Rock Ledge House, and 1907 Orchard House, designed by Thomas MacLaren for Colorado Springs founder, General Palmer. In addition, there stands a General Store, a reconstructed Homestead Cabin, Woodworking Shop, a Blacksmith Shop, and a tipi erected daily. Historical interpreters, dressed in clothing appropriate to their respective era, offer tours, demonstrations, and hands-on learning activities. Experience the daily lives and times from the old West frontier, Victorian entrepreneurship, high-society- including domestic servants- throughout the summer, and added extras during special events throughout the year.