Volunteers and Docents
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site is fortunate to have a large diversity of volunteers who assist with programming and special events. As a volunteer or docent, you make history come alive for Ranch visitors from all over the world! Docents dress in period-appropriate clothing and demonstrate everyday life depicting 1775- 1907 at each historic site represented:
- 1775 American Indian Area (Ute and Plains Indian cultures): Construct an authentic tipi, exhibit pelts of fur, beadwork, and explain the lifestyle of the native people.
- 1860s Homestead: The 1862 Homestead and Pacific Railway Act was the foundation of Westward development. Experience the environment of an early homesteader,
- 1880s Rock Ledge House and Farm: when the railroad came to the Pikes Peak Region comforts and technology followed. It was a challenge to make a living in the semi-arid landscape, but the Chambers’ family was successful farmers and boarding hosts to tuberculosis patients during Westward expansion.
- 19th Century Blacksmith Shop: A representation of trade craft that was available in Old Colorado City during the growth of the Pikes Peak population. Some of the Smith’s hand-forged items are available for sale in the General Store.
- 1907 Orchard House: an elegant country estate built by General William J. Palmer for William and Charlotte Schlater, his sister-in-law and her husband. Docents interpret turn of the century lifestyles.
Junior Docent Program
The Junior Docent Program is volunteer opportunities for youth 10 and older. Parents and families are very supportive of the program, and often end up volunteering themselves!
The efforts and talents of the Junior Docents, Living History Association Board and members, Adult Docents and Volunteers provide the museum with a great deal of assistance over the course of the year. We quite frankly can’t thank them enough – they are a very special part of the Ranch family. We invite you to join, too!
All volunteers must be registered before they may begin helping out at the Ranch.