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Grand Lake Area Historical Society

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Imagine coming to the door of a Cottage Court guest room, triggering an infrared sensor that starts audio and lights, and immediately being greeted by none other than the builder of the oldest original-condition motor court, Clyde Eslick! He’ll tell you a bit about the room he’s standing in, about what life was like in Grand Lake, in say 1915, and share some of his favorite items in the room and some of his favorite stories. Clyde was noted for his affable, genuinely friendly charm, and you’ll feel a bit like a tourist coming into town back in the day as Clyde chats with you for four to six minutes. It will be sort of deliberately rustic hi-tech. There’ll be a second Object Theater, with an older Clyde in a second room talking a bit about life in the 1930s and 1940s. It’s all part of the master plan for the site, the work of an amazing volunteer committee in conjunction with professional exhibit designers. Should be FUN!

Top Things You Need to Know:

  • Tour the Kauffman House Museum
  • Stroll by Cottage Court - the oldest Motel in the Nation
  • Attend a fun GLAHS Historical Talk
  • Take our Free Walking Tour

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The Grand Lake Area Historical Society was formed in 1973 to preserve and protect the only remaining log hotel built in Grand Lake prior to 1900, known today as the Kauffman House Museum. In 2009, the Historical Society purchased land and moved the Smith-Eslick Motor Court, which is the focus of the current project called Cottage Camp.

Kauffman House Museum
407 Pitkin Street << View the Map >>
Grand Lake, Colorado 80447
>> Learn More About the Kauffman House Museum

Cottage Camp
725 Lake Avenue << View the Map >>
Grand Lake, Colorado 80447
>> Learn More About the Cottage Camp Museum

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407 Pitkin St. (Kauffman House), Grand Lake, 80447, CO

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The Kauffman House Museum is open daily from Memorial Day through August 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Weekends in September and on special occasions throughout the year. Volunteers are docents and tour guides at the museum and will share the area history and information about our collections.

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