Historic Georgetown, Inc. both owns and operates the Hamill House Museum. The museum is the centerpiece of the organization’s comprehensive residential interpretation of the area’s Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District with the context of the Mining West in the Rocky Mountains. The Georgetown-Silver Plume District was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The historic Hamill House was built in 1867 as a humble Country Gothic home by Joseph Watson. It was later bought by William Arthur Hamill, the wealthy brother-in-law of Watson.
The mountain estate had been expanded quite a bit by Hamill by the year 1879, transforming it into a lavishly stunning home that featured walnut woodwork, gas lighting, central heating, bay windows, a conservatory, and luxurious decor. The Hamill House Museum features original wallpaper if several rooms, along with numerous pieces of original furniture. Other structures on the grounds of the Hamill House include a large six-seater privy, a summer kitchen and laundry, the granite office building used by Hamill, and the carriage house. Visitors will feel as if they stepped back in time as they walk through the beautiful restored home from the nineteenth century. The Hamill House Museum has become a must-see attraction in historic Georgetown.
The Hamill House Museum now include the Diversity In the Time of Silver exhibit. The exhibit commemorates those who traveled across the country to the West in search of freedom, a better life, and adventure. These pioneering individuals and families who build and resided in Georgetown consists of a diverse mix of cultures, races, and ethnicities. Each group was a testament to the tenacity of the human spirit and the ability to overcome adversity. They also serve as an example of living in the environment of a new frontier. Visitors at the museum can hear the fascinating tales of some of the early settlers, such as Mrs. Clara Brown and John Touk.
In 1966, the towns of Silver Plume and Georgetown, as well as the Loop valley in between them and the surrounding mountains were designated as the Georgetown Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District by the National Park Service. The area was recognized for its well-preserved and unique representation of the Rocky Mountain Mining Boom of the nineteenth century. The town of Georgetown celebrated its recognition. Within the following two years, however, newcomers to the area interested in its preservation realized the federal designation wouldn’t be enough on its own to protect Georgetown’s historic resources from being overwhelmed by development and expansion or removed.
Cynthia Wadsworth, John Calhoun, and Ron Neely proposed the idea in 1969 of establishing a historical society to business owners Wally Baehler, Bob Gibbs, and Bob Bolander. On May 7th of 1970, the Georgetown Society was founded, which was later named the Georgetown Historical Society and now is known as Historic Georgetown, Inc. And so the journey of the historical society began. From its beginnings, Historic Georgetown, Inc. has been both a traditional historical society and a preservation agency.
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