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Wednesday, 02 August 2017

Heritage Day was begun in 2009 to celebrate the Sesquicentennial (150) years of James Baugh settling here. In 2009 they were still working on the restoration of the Baugh house. Many wanted to see the progress so Heritage Day was born.

The original house was built in two phases: A cabin built by Baugh soon after August 1859, it is 1 ½ stories of hand-hewn logs with 2 doors and 2 windows. In the early 1900’s the second owner, Samuel Longnecker built a wood-framed house which encapsulated the 1859 log cabin and was two stories.

After the house was damaged in 1991 when the interior and some of the exterior walls and the roof sustained fire and water damage, it then sat vacant for many years before being rescued!

  Complete and authentic restoration has been accomplished in many small steps. With the WRHS members and the Parks department heading the efforts, they secured a Jefferson County Open Space grant and the City acquired the 3 acre site. A $75, 000. Anonymous donation was used to provide matching funds for the grants. 

This year we will be celebrating HERITAGE DAY on the Second Saturday of August 8-12-17 at the Baugh House 44th & Robb St. from 10 am to 4pm.

·        Vintage Quilt show

·        Tours at Baugh house and Historic Park

·        Lunch / Root beer Floats for nominal fee

·        Music – bring your voice or instrument and join in

·        Bring your questions about the Wheat Ridge area to our historians


Lunch will be served at noon with our grill-master Michael serving up Hot dogs and Sausage!!! There will be beans, potato salad, chips, water with homemade salads and desserts from our wonderful volunteers.

Our monthly meeting of the Wheat Ridge Historical Society will be on the Second Tuesday  of August 8-8-17 at 7 pm at the Red Brick Museum at the Historic Park 4610 Robb St. We will be finalizing plans for the Heritage day celebration. Volunteers are needed for the salads and desserts for the Heritage Day along with a set up crew.

The Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle will meet the 4th Wednesday on August 23rd from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm they will be discussing how the Quilt show went at Heritage Day and how we might improve for the next year’s Vintage Quilt Show!  

We are looking for a group to help with our Port-o-Potty cover design. Perhaps the  4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, FFA, Wood shop class or others. We have rough cut log look lumber being donated so we need to work up a design-then install the boards to make it have a more “historic” feel. Please contact Jane Harvey at the Museum 303-421-9111.

One of our historic buildings at the Historic Park at 4610 Robb St is the Post Office which was originally at the corner of 38th & Wadsworth. We have “historic “boxes available to the public for $500.00 for a large and $100.00 for the smaller size.  The archives in this building are very intriguing and anyone writing about Wheat Ridge history should plan a visit to see this collection.

Wheat Ridge will soon be turning 50 years old so we are gathering information for a book that will be available thru the City of Wheat Ridge so if you have some information to share about our city or its history please stop by the Historic Park Tuesday Thru Friday 10 am to 3 pm or give us a call at 303-421-9111, we have email also This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

As always I look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Janet “White” Bradford

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