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. During the last two years, the farm house on the property has undergone significant renovation and the outbuildings have been re-purposed for potential education programs.

The White-Plumb Farm Learning Center is an ideal location for private events such as weddings, baby showers, reunions, small group meetings, and educational classes. Request rental information online or by calling 970-350-9220.

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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 used for community gardens, event rentals, and as a learning center.

Grow a Row Garden Project

Grow a Row is a volunteer-led garden project, benefiting the Weld Food Bank. Learn more about the effort and its volunteers at GreeleyMuseums.com/Grow-a-Row-Garden.

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