May 2016

Castle Rock Historical Society 
and Museum

Admission is Always FREE!!


- Exhibits and Events


Don't miss out.......
1st Annual
Victoria's Tea

Join us for the first annual Victoria's Tea to benefit the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum.  Guests will enjoy tea, scones, music and great stories.  Come as you are or wear your finest outfit or hat. Cups will be provided or bring your own to show off.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Gathering Place
Christ's Episcopal Church
 615 4th Street Castle Rock


Tickets:  Adults $18.00  /  members $15.00    Child $12.00 / member $10.00


Tickets are available for purchase at the Castle Rock Museum or online at under the Event Tickets tab.

Tickets may also be purchased at the May monthly presentation - cash, check or credit card accepted.

We will also have a selection of vintage hats available for sale during the Tea.
Thank you to Castle Rock Bank for being a sponsor for Victoria's Tea.

Contact the Castle Rock Museum if you would like to be a sponsor.

7th Annual Trolley Tours

"History in our Neighborhood"

May 14, 2016

Come take a tour through time and hear about the areas surrounding Castle Rock including Rhyoliter Park and other quarries, the old towns of Douglas and New Memphis and other points along the way.

Tours start at the Castle Rock Museum
420 Elbert Street
9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am 1:00pm and 2:00pm
Tours are Free - donations always appreciated

Space is limited so reservations recommended.
Call the museum at 303-814-3164 or email at

Coming in May.....


A new exhibit about the history of the 
Denver & Rio Grande Railway


We are looking for any D&RG artifacts to add to our display.  We are asking if anyone would like to loan any items to the museum to enhance the exhibit.

The Montezuma - the engine that powered the first train through       Castle Rock.

May's Presentation Program


May 12, 2016
Refreshments at 6:45 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm
Philip S. Miller Library
100 S. Wilcox St. Castle Rock, CO  80104

Join us on Thursday, May 12, 2016 for a presentation by Deputy State Librarian for New Mexico, Joy Poole.  She has edited a fascinating diary of the 1825-28 journey of Dr. Rowland Willard as he traveled the Santa Fe Trail and lived among its inhabitants.  This was 15 years before pioneers even began to make their own journeys across the Southwest and tells of the medical practices of the day, superstitions among the native peoples, battling a measles epidemic, and many other colorful stories about the Wild West before cowboys, ranchers and pioneers ever set foot there


For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum

History Corner
Tea was introduced to England from China sometime in the middle of the 17th century, although there are earlier references of its use by traders in China. Together with the fragrant leaf came the respect for this drink and the ceremonial way in which it was to be prepared and drunk.
 At the time of its introduction, tea was believed to be therapeutic as well as delicious. The health benefits of tea were known in the East for thousands of years. In England people accorded it time and space and this alone must have had the effect of producing a sense of well-being.
Holland and Portugal were fifty years ahead of England in importing tea. Tea was and remained extremely expensive for over a hundred years and therefore sparingly used.
 At first, tea was only sold through apothecaries, coffee houses, snuff shops and through shops catering for ladies needs.  However, by the second half of the 18th century smuggled tea was so widely available, that it was a matter of course even for respectable people to buy it illegally for less money.  There’s no need to go to such extreme measures to enjoy tea these days.  All you have to do is join us on May 21st to enjoy some wonderfully therapeutic and great tasting tea at our 1st Annual Victoria’s Tea. 


Artifact of the Month

Brooke Bond & Co. Tea Merchants of England was started by Arthur Brooke in 1869.

Tea Chest.
Used to carry loose tea for sale.
Franklin MacVeagh & Co. was started in 1870 in Chicago by Franklin MacVeagh who was at one time the Secretary of the United States Treasury.

Tea Chest
Thank you to Ed Sardella for a very fun and interesting presentation in April about his career in news reporting and how journalism has changed through the decades.

- THE 5 W's

Do you know about this present
day historical location?

Last Month's Photo

View of Downtown Castle Rock on Wilcox Street in 1925.

Membership Update

Membership renewals have been sent out for the 1st and 2nd quarter of the year.  Please consider continuing to support the CRHS with your membership if you haven't done so already.  Thank you to all those who have renewed.
     Student - $10.00
     Individual - $20.00
     Family - $35.00
     Lifetime - $150.00
     Lifetime Family - $250.00

If you haven't visited the museum lately, please come by and see the permanent and ever changing displays.  You might learn something new or even teach us something new.

Thank you from all of us at the Castle Rock Historical Society.

May's Calendar

  • May 12, 2016 - Come hear Deputy State Librarian, Joy Poole talk about stories from the diary of Dr. Rowland Willard during his venture on the Santa Fe trail.

  • May 14, 2016 -  Trolley Tours of Castle Rock. Starting at the museum 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am 1:00pm and 2:00pm.  Call or email the museum to reserve a spot.

  • May 21, 2016 -  Victoria's Tea at Christ's Episcopal Church 2:00 - 4:00pm.  Please join us for our first annual CRHS tea.  Come enjoy food, tea, entertainment and great company.  Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum.

Visit for more information on upcoming presentations and exhibits at the museum.

  • June 9, 2016 presentation on the History of Douglas County by Historic Douglas County, Inc.
  • June 25, 2016 - Walking tour of Historic Castle Rock.  The tour begins at the Courtyard on Perry Street at 10:30am.

Future Program Ideas

We could use your input on planning future field trips for the CRHS.  We have some ideas and would like to know if people would be interested in visiting these sights:


               Santa Fe Rhyolite Quarry

               Castlewood Canyon

                Lamb Spring Archaeological Site

                Union Station


Please contact the Castle Rock Museum at to let us know if these trips sound interesting.  Also, we'd like to know if you have any other suggestions for places to visit.

- Historical Society News

Castle Rock Historical Society Board

The Castle Rock Historical Society Board meets the second Monday of each month.  Meetings are held at the Castle Rock Museum at 5:15pm. All Historical Society members are welcome to attend.

President - Dorothy Kelly
Vice President - Cindy Malone
Secretary -  Lynette McNairy
Treasurer - Jim Allamian 
Education - Guy Mordeaux
Events and Fundraising - Open
Historian - Open
Asst. Sec./Treas. - Suzie Perry

Looking for something to do?  We have just the thing for you.  There are a few open positions on the Historical Society Board.  Please consider joining this wonderful group.


Thank you to Claudia Belmessieri
for providing refreshments for the 
monthly presentation.

If you would like to volunteer for refreshments for May, please call the museum 303-814-3164.

Can you help....

We are currently looking for someone who could restore some antique items we have acquired.  The work would involve woodworking and possibly some metal work.  Please contact the museum if you can help or have a recommendation of someone who can help.

Volunteer Opportunities

Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum

Member Meeting Refreshments – Sign up to bring and/or coordinate members to bring refreshments to membership meetings. Cookies and drinks are all that is required, but your inspirations would be great too.  The Society holds monthly program meetings for the benefit of its members.

Tour Planner and Organizer – The society and museum plan visits to local sites related to exhibits at the museum or tours to sites of interest to the historically minded.  Past trips have included an historic tour of Denver, tours to local rhyolite quarry sites, tours to interesting sites around Douglas County,  a tour of Glen Eyre (home of Gen William Palmer) and others.   A Tour planner would arrange for several tours a year and serve as host for the tour.

Historic Marker Manager – The Historical Society has initiated the Historic Marker Program in Castle Rock.  A local site with an interesting history has a metal plaque with a QR code (readable by a smart phone) with information and pictures about the history of the property.  Twenty markers have been placed thus far.  More locations certainly qualify.  The manager would keep current markers up to date and work to add sites to the program.

Docent – The museum can use docents to cover for vacation time for museum staff.  Docents conduct tours of the museum.  A great way to increase your knowledge about Castle Rock and meet interesting people at the same time.  Volunteer for as little as two hour commits.

-In Our Community

  • There are 3 open seats on the Town Preservation Board for anyone interested in preserving Castle Rock's history.

  • The museum is asking if anyone has any old copies of the Castle Rock Journal newspaper or other local newspapers from 1875.   Please contact the museum if you would be willing to let us take a look at the papers.

Commemorative Brick Courtyard 

The courtyard at the Castle Rock Museum is continuing to expand, stop by and purchase your own commemorative brick for yourself, a loved one, a business, or even your most cherished animal companion. 

- In the Gift Shop

Looking for a unique gift? Come down to the Castle Rock Museum's gift shop for all your historic Castle Rock and Douglas County gifts. We are stocked in 2016 calendars, Robert L. Lowenberg's book "CASTLE ROCK: A Grass Roots History,"  and other books about local history.  Also, a handful of children's railroad themed toys, and a limited number of local Castle Rock postcards.

You can now support CRHS by shopping on Amazon!!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum, every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the CRHS. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device, search and select Castle Rock Historical Society and begin shopping and supporting CRHS. 

Think of the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum on  Colorado Gives Day.
Donate Here.

Recycle - Save those aluminum cans!! 

The museum collects and recycles aluminum cans to raise money for matching grants. Bring those cans to the museum and use the green container next to the bathroom. Aluminum cans only please. Anything else will be removed by the recycling company. Help the environment and raise a little money for the museum.
Many thanks to those who have already contributed!

Thank you to John Manka of "One Stop Auto" for a very large contribution of cans.  It is greatly appreciated.
Mission: The Castle Rock Historical Society operates the Castle Rock museum, celebrates, educates, and brings together people interested in the preservation of the heritage of the Castle Rock, Colorado area.
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Opportunities to Contribute

You know we need you!! Thank you to those who help with hands, time and money. Whatever your skill is, it can help the community in your historical little town of Castle Rock.
To find out how you can help email .

Castle Rock Museum Hours
Wed. - Fri  12:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Sat. 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
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