Meeker Home Museum
Visit the Meeker Home Museum, the 1870 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.
In 1929 the home became Greeley’s first museum. This restored home contains cherished artifacts including furnishings original to the home and used by the Meeker family. A 10-foot tall diamond dust mirror, tall case clock and Meeker’s cherrywood desk are some of the prized historical treasures within the museum.
During a guided tour of the museum, visitors learn about Meeker’s life as an agricultural editor, his success establishing a Utopian temperance and agricultural community in the west, and the circumstances that led him to become an agent at the White River Ute Agency in northwestern Colorado. Visitors also learn about his untimely death in 1879.
Aside from taking a guided tour of the home, visitors can also walk the grounds of the museum, where interpretive panels portray historical facts, maps and images about the town’s history, Horace Greeley and the Meeker family.
Meeker Home Museum
Meeker Home Museum tours are available on weekdays, by appointment only. A minimum 48 hours’ advance notice is required.
Call 970-350-9220 to schedule a tour of the museum.
Capacity: 25 visitors per tour
$3 Youth (3 to 17) & Seniors (60+)
$15 Family Rate (max. 2 adults and 4 youth)
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.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. Before he returned east, Meeker was dreaming of a new home in the American West.
As the agricultural editor of the New York Tribune, Meeker had the financial backing and promotional support of editor Horace Greeley. His newspaper article, “A Western Colony” which first appeared in the Dec. 4, 1869 New York Tribune, was instrumental in recruiting 737 potential colonists for his proposed community in the west. His article called for like-minded people “wishing to unite in such a colony.”
Meeker’s dream of a Utopian farming community came to fruition in April 1870 when several hundred colonists arrived and established a new town near the confluence of the Cache la Poudre and the South Platte Rivers.
Today the home of Greeley’s founding family stands in its original location and serves as a testament to Meeker’s dream.
- Food and beverages are not allowed in the home.
- Photography: Non-flash photography welcome except in special exhibitions. No tripods or selfie sticks allowed. Commercial photography allowed with prior permission from Museum Manager.
- City ordinance does not permit smoking, including electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices, in the museum or within 25 feet of any of the building entrances.
- No pets allowed. Service animals are welcome.
- Please silence electronic devices while in the museum.