1860s Living History Farm

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Log cabin on the 1860s farmThe 1860s farm represents a pioneer homestead during Littleton's settlement period - a time before train travel. The buildings on the site include a circa 1860 cabin, moved onto the grounds from its original location; a reconstructed log barn erected in 1983 to represent a typical log barn similar to those built along the South Platte River Valley; a sheep pen, originally an early settler's cabin, also relocated to the museum; a root cellar; and other auxiliary farm buildings. Littleton's original schoolhouse (circa 1865) is located on this farm.


Sheep in field

For our animal-loving visitors we have plenty of livestock out on the farms. From our two oxen, Fritz and Ford, to our pigs and turkeys, we have a wide array of animals that would have been useful to farmers in 19th century Colorado. Our sheep’s wool is shorn in the spring and the oxen are occasionally brought out to pull wagons or a plow. Each animal has been selected because we have found evidence of their breed in 19th century records from this area. Visitors can experience the authentic sights, sounds, and smells that characterized Littleton’s past. 

We are fortunate to have our animals all year round. Our animals are happy and well cared for whether they are in hot or cold weather. 

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Root cellar on the 1860s farm