9950 E. Gateway Dr. | Highlands Ranch | 303-791-0177 | info@highlandsranch.org  

February 2017
Vacancy open on Historic Preservation Board
Douglas County's Historic Preservation Board has an opening on its nine-member board for an individual with experience or knowledge in the area's history.

The Historic Preservation Board works with Douglas County staff to provide numerous programs and activities that help preserve the county's heritage. Board members recommend properties for the county's Landmark program; advise property owners on methods for preserving sites and artifacts; facilitate the collection, cataloging, preservation and interpretation of donated historic artifacts; and work to educate county residents on historic matters through public outreach.

For more information or to apply, click here.  
Docent spotlight: Sharon Swiderski
Meet Sharon Swiderski. She began volunteering at the Mansion in July 2016. When asked her favorite part about volunteering, she replied, "I love meeting all the interesting people that come to visit and take a tour. I also love working with all of the other volunteers."

Sharon's favorite room at the Mansion is the west bedroom. She enjoys the sun that shines through the large windows and the scenic views. "There is such good energy in that room," she adds.

Sharon previously worked in commercial real estate finance. Her undergraduate degree was in psychology, and she later pursued her MBA. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys knitting, reading and gardening.
Learn more about the history of Douglas County
If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Mansion and/or Douglas County, there are a variety of resources at your finger tips.
  • The Mansion website - the history of the Mansion including past owners, information about specific rooms and details about the renovation can be found here.
  • YouTube videos - A series of videos on Douglas County's history and heritage can be viewed online by clicking here.
  • Books - Murder at the Brown Palace, and Fading Past: The Story of Douglas County, Colorado can be checked out at the James H. LaRue Library.
  • Douglas County History Research Center - located at the Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock, the history research center collects and preserves the history of Douglas County and the surrounding area.
The Mansion is full of history
The first owner of the Mansion was a man named Samuel Allen Long. He had many different vocations in his lifetime and once sat on the board of directors for the B&O Railroad, which is familiar to fans of the Monopoly board game.

To learn more about the history of the Mansion, visit www.highlandsranchmansion.com.

Rent the Mansion for your private event or tour
Located in central Highlands Ranch, the Mansion is open to the public for community and private events, business meetings, tours and cultural programs. This elegant western estate is the perfect place to host weddings, receptions, reunions, anniversaries and other life celebrations, business meetings and retreats.

Historic tours and open hours
Guided tours of the Mansion include a 35-minute tour of the first floor or a tour of the first and second floors, lasting approximately one hour.

Self-guided tours are also welcome. Visitors can follow the tour boards in each room to learn more about the history of the home.

Group tours
can be arranged for all group sizes and for youth and student groups.

Contact the Mansion staff at 303-791-0177 or info@highlandsranchmansion.com for information about renting the Mansion for your special occasion or setting up a group tour.
  Upcoming Metro District Events           Open Hours

March 3   - Campfire Fun
March 14 - Nature Play
March 25
- Nesting Owls
March 31 - Introduction to Fishing

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
*except March 9
Monday, March 13, 3 - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22, 3 - 7 pm
Click here for the complete schedule.