Get a glimpse into the history of agriculture in Boulder County and enjoy the rural surroundings. This site focuses on the years 1900 to 1925 when local families prospered as farmers and witnessed the coming of the Modern Age.
Agricultural Heritage Center
- Interactive exhibits
- 1909 farmhouse furnished with items from the 1910s
- Animals on site April through October including chickens, pigs, draft horses and sheep
- Two barns
- Milk house
- Blacksmith shop in use during special events
- Nature Detectives Mystery Guide
Educators & Group Leaders
Think Outside the Classroom!
Arrange a tour for your students at the Agricultural Heritage Center. It is a great way to teach students about agriculture, Colorado history, food production and life in the early 1900s.
Kids enjoy getting outside and seeing firsthand how a farm operated, exploring the buildings and restored farmhouse, and seeing animals up close. Several interactive exhibits give kids a chance to explore and learn independently.
- Tours are free
- Request a tour for any day of the week
- Kids can bring picnic lunches to enjoy on the grounds
- Ask about possible bus funding
- Tours are tied to curriculum guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
A guided tour generally lasts 1 to 1.5 hours. A self-guided tour could take anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours depending on your schedule and interest.
Yes, there are picnic tables or you can bring a blanket to picnic on the grounds. Please dispose of all waste properly and respect the strict diets of our livestock by not feeding them.
No, pets are not allowed with the exception of service animals.
Yes, all buildings and trails are wheelchair accessible.
No, we do not host weddings or other private events.
Yes, we are looking for volunteers to help lead guided tours, house docents, maintain the garden and grounds, catalog artifacts, and many more opportunities. Please contact Jim Drew 303-776-8688 for more information.
We do not allow visitors to feed the livestock. The animals are on loan to the Agricultural Heritage Center and follow a strict diet. Please check our volunteer opportunities as we periodically recruit livestock caretakers.
Yes, individuals engaging in still camera photography may use the Agricultural Heritage Center as long as your appointments occur during open hours (see hours). There is no fee.
All other commercial activities, such as filming movies or commercials, or photography for publishing or consumer goods, are not allowed.
Like many Colorado pioneers in the mid-to-late 1800s, a young George McIntosh came to the Rocky Mountains to improve his health and wealth. He headed to the Pike’s Peak Region by wagon in the spring of 1860 during the height of the gold rush. Colorado’s semi-arid climate immediately helped his asthma.
George had many jobs along the Front Range including mining, serving in the Union army during the Civil War, farming and running freight. In 1868, George homesteaded the 160 acre parcel that is now the Agricultural Heritage Center. George married a young widow from Iowa named Amanda Jane (Lee) Noble. They ran a cattle operation and grew feed crops. By 1877, they had four children: Mark, Walter, George Jr., and Minnie.
George Lohr, an early Hygiene postmaster, purchased the original homestead parcel from George McIntosh after marrying George’s daughter, Minnie, in 1899. After the birth of their two sons, Neil R. ‘Shorty’ and Harry Galen, the Lohrs built the 1909 farmhouse on the site of the original log cabin. Like many farms of the time, they raised chickens, pigs and cows for subsistence and sold extras in town. They also raised vegetables and sugar beets which they sold to local canning and sugar companies.
Shorty Lohr never married and continued to live and work on the farm. He worked as a scenic tour bus driver at Rocky Mountain National Park and later took a position with the Boulder County Roads Department before retiring in 1974.
In 1985, Shorty sold the family farm to Boulder County. Upon his death, in 1991 at the age of 91, he donated $250,000 to establish an educational center on the property. The Agricultural Heritage Center opened to the public on May 12, 2001, George McIntosh’s 164th birthday.