Meeker Home Museum
Make an appointment to tour the Meeker Home Museum, the original 1870s home of Greeley’s founding family. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this unique two-story adobe brick home was built for Nathan Cook Meeker, his wife Arvilla, and their daughters Mary, Rozene, and Josephine.
The home was purchased in 1929 as Greeley’s first official museum. Today the home has been restored and includes many of the family’s original furnishings. One of the most unique items in the home is the diamond glass mirror, which the Meeker family brought from their original home in New York.
During a guided tour of the museum, visitors learn about Meeker’s life as an agricultural reporter for once presidential candidate Horace Greeley, Meeker’s vision to form a Utopic society, his work as an Indian Agent, and the life led by the Meeker ladies after Meeker’s death during the Ute Indian War.
Meeker Home Museum
Open by appointment only.
Call 970-350-9220 to schedule your appointment today!
$3 Children (3 to 17) & Seniors (60+)
$15 Family Rate (max. 5 people)
Members receive free admission. Join today!
*Prices for special events and programs may vary.
The first floor is handicap accessible and the second floor is accessible by stairs. A short video of the upstairs area is available.
Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to schedule a tour.Request Information
An Intriguing History
In October 1869, Nathan Cook Meeker visited the Colorado Territory and other western states on a reporting assignment. He was impressed with the spectacular beauty and natural resources of Colorado. Land was plentiful and government land was available under the Homestead Act of 1862. Before he returned east, Meeker was dreaming of a new home in the American West.
On December 23, 1869, Meeker founded the Union Colony, a joint-stock colonization company founded in New York City. As the agricultural editor of the New York Tribune, Meeker was able to put a call to join the colony and between 1869-71 nearly 700 potential members sent letters of interest to him.
Meeker’s dream of a Utopian farming community in the American West came to fruition in April 1870 when the colonists established the town of Greeley near the confluence of the Cache la Poudre and the South Platte Rivers. Nearly 200-300 members and their families moved to the new settlement. Each member of the original colony paid $155 to join and vowed to uphold the towns founding principles of temperance, religion, education, agriculture and irrigation, cooperation and family.
- Food and beverages not allowed in the home.
- City ordinance does not permit smoking (tobacco or otherwise) in the museum or within 50 feet of any of the entrance.
- Please silence electronic devices.