White-Plumb Farm Learning Center

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, White-Plumb Farm Learning Center is a Colorado Centennial Farm— run by the same family for over 100 years before it was donated to the City of Greeley Museums! The property was settled in 1881 by Civil War Veteran Charles White as a turn of the century tree claim. The agriculture fields utilize a flood irrigation system.

Historic Property Information

Congress enacted the Timber Culture Act of 1873, a follow up to the Homestead Act. Through the Timber Culture Act, homesteaders could qualify for an additional 160 acres of land if they planted at least 1/4th of the property with trees. By the time Charles A. White established his tree claim in 1881, only ten acres of trees were required to be planted. White planted ash and cottonwood trees bordering each side of his property.

The home originally cost $2,500 and was designed by Bessie Smith, Greeley’s first female architect.

The family raised farm animals and grew alfalfa, sugar beets, seed potatoes and beans, and other vegetables on the farm.

In 1983, the descendants of Charles White donated 2.5 acres of the original tree claim to the City of Greeley for historical, cultural and museum use. Today, the property is being used as a public park and for rentals.

 

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Greeley Museums collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history of northeastern Colorado.

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It's really feeling like summer this week! ☀️ Good thing we can lounge about beneath the shady canopy of neighborhood trees, as seen in this 1896 photograph. 1115 9th Street, the home of Nusbaum family, can be seen on the left. Featured in the center is 1109 9th Street, captioned “Chas. Clark’s boyhood home”. A unique characteristic of this image is that there are no driveways for the houses. ... See MoreSee Less
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This summer don't miss special themed weekends at Centennial Village Museum! Tomorrow, June 8, the spotlight will be on the 100-year anniversary of Greeley's Spanish Colony, with stations throughout the village focused on the Hispanic community and their ongoing impact on Greeley from the past to the present. Make sure to stop by and see the Spanish Colony House. A reproduction built by the Weld County Youth Conservation Corps and Museums' staff, houses like this were built during the 1920s at Spanish Colony, which later became known as Española Subdivision, at 25th Avenue and O Street in Greeley. Forty adobe two-room houses like this one were built by Colony members who worked together using blueprints from the Great Western Sugar Company.Learn more about Centennial Village Museum at GreeleyMuseums.com ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations, Grads! 👨‍🎓👩‍🎓 Who else can say that their graduating class photo is this cool?!This photo from 1931 shows the graduating class of Gill High School. Kenneth Tegtman is identified as the person at the top right of the photograph. Kenneth’s father Louis moved to the Greeley area from Akron in 1894. Louis married Eva Killham in 1912, and in 1913, Kenneth became their firstborn child. The family farmed in the Gill-Lucerne-Galeton area until 1938 and moved to Greeley in 1941. Kenneth continued his education, graduating from Colorado State College of Education in 1942, and taught biology at Greeley High School until his retirement. Can anyone help us identify the other people shown in the photo? ... See MoreSee Less
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Looking for a fun family activity today? Come to Centennial Celebration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A Street in Greeley. It's a fun way to learn about the past and life on the high plains, with live demonstrations, wagon rides, Buffalo Soldier performances, and tours of more than 35 historical buildings. Learn more at greeleymuseums.com/events/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D172130624 ... See MoreSee Less
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Do you know the history behind this building? It's one of more than 35 historical buildings at Centennial Village Museum, and each structure has its own story. This cabin was built about 1861–1863. Originally located on the Andrew Lumry Farm south of Platteville, it served as the Weld County Courthouse from 1863–1868. It also served as a post office, a general store, a school, a tenant house and as a dormitory for jurors and travelers. Stepping inside you can imagine the people who walked through its doors more than 150 years ago. Come discover all the stories that are part of Centennial Village Museum during Centennial Celebration, tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the live demonstrations, watch the Buffalo soldiers and go for a wagon ride. Learn more: greeleygov.com/greeley-calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D172130624 ... See MoreSee Less
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