Goodhue Farmhouse
Goodhue Farmhouse

The Goodhue Farmhouse

The Goodhue Farmhouse is a unique meeting place located at the Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm.

Eligibility & Fees

The Goodhue Farmhouse can only be reserved by:

  • Boulder County departments (free)
  • Local county, state, and federal agencies ($50/reservation)
  • Boulder County environmental or historical non-profit organizations ($50/reservation)
  • Non-profit Partners receiving funding from the Board of County Commissioners ($50/reservation)
    (County partner contact information required during reservation)

Availability

  • Hours are from sunrise to sunset, year-round including weekends
  • Reservations are taken up to 12 months in advance
  • Maximum of one day per quarter or two consecutive days every six months
  • Reservations in October are strongly encouraged to end by 2 p.m. to avoid the surrounding working farm’s pumpkin sales
  • All meetings must adhere to Zero Waste policies (see the Zero Waste Planning Guide (434 KB) for details)
  • Alcohol is not allowed at the Goodhue Farmhouse

Request A Reservation

Use our calendar to request a reservation.
Request A Reservation

Cancellations: No refunds. If the reservation is canceled more than thirty (30) days in advance of the event date, the fee can be transferred to an alternative date within the same calendar year if the cancellation and rescheduling are done simultaneously.

Seating

  • Maximum occupancy for the entire house is 70 people and 58 chairs are available for use
  • Meeting Room can fit 40 chairs with no tables or 32 chairs with tables

The Goodhue Farmhouse

Amenities

The facility includes a projection screen, a television with DVD/VCR player, dry erase boards, a refrigerator, and a microwave. There is a Keurig coffee maker available, but bring your own K-cups. Guests must provide cups, plates, napkins, utensils, etc. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Site

The reservation includes the building, front lawn, and parking lot. All other areas of the farm and grounds are leased by a farmer and therefore closed to the public.

Clean Up

Failure to properly clean up, dispose of trash in the dumpsters, and put recyclables in the designated locations may result in denial of future reservations.

Getting There

2005 S. 112th St
Broomfield, CO 80020

History

With the discovery of gold near Gold Hill, a flood of miners streamed into the mountains of Boulder County in the late 1850s. Few were lucky, and many turned to other trades such as farming and ranching.

In 1863, Mary and Lafayette Miller came west, bringing the first threshing machine to the Colorado Territory. The couple ran a large roadhouse and stage station for the Overland Mail Stage Route from 1864 to the 1870s on what is now part of the open space property. When competition from the Denver Pacific and Kansas Pacific railroads decreased traffic at the Rock Creek Station to only local trips, the Millers began running a successful cattle ranch in the area and meat market in Boulder. Mary Miller later founded the town of Lafayette in 1888, naming it for her husband, who died in 1878.

Abner Goodhue bought property at Rock Creek Farm in the 1870s, and shortly thereafter built the Goodhue irrigation ditch and irrigation reservoir that would become Stearn’s Lake. During the past century, the property has been used to raise crops and livestock, and was home to a dairy farm.

Boulder County purchased a portion of Rock Creek Farm in 1980 for agricultural preservation and as a buffer between the growing communities in southeastern Boulder County. Following her death in 1998, the open space was named the Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm for Carolyn Holmberg, former open space director, who promoted the acquisition of the property in 1979. Boulder County began rehabilitation work on the 90 plus-year old farmhouse in 2004 with the desire to create a unique meeting space for southeastern Boulder County.

Besides the modern conveniences of a meeting center, the facility includes a small parlor furnished with period furniture of the 1930s. You are welcome to sit and relax in the parlor and imagine what life could have been like for a working family in eastern Boulder County.

Goodhue Farmhouse

Goodhue Farmhouse interior

Contact Us

Parks & Open Space


303-678-6222