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Past Events

Annual Cedar Hill Cemetery Walking Tour – October 2023

Another great turn out for our cemetery tour featuring re-enactors talking about local historic people.

Ghostly Stories and Tragic Tales of Castle Rock – October 2023

This tour has become a very popular event.  We hope we will be able to continue for many more years.


Ghostly Stories and Tragic Tales of Castle Rock – October 2020

We thought we’d try giving walking ghost tours again this year and we were overwhelmed with the number of people who wanted to participate.  Sorry we had to keep our numbers low for the Covid restrictions.



Walking Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery – October 2020

We had to limit the number of participants this year because of the Covid restrictions, but we still had a great turnout.



Walking Tour of Downtown Castle Rock: June – Sept. 2020

Warm weather made us all feel like getting out, so we hosted our annual walking tours around Castle Rock.  It was a little different this year with the Covid restrictions, but we made it work.


Merry Christmas Everyone – December 2019

We had a get together for the Historical Society – we even had some special visitors including Santa and Mrs. Claus and the fire fighters that maintain the Christmas Star.


Ghostly Stories and Tragic Tales of Castle Rock – October 2019

We thought we’d give some nightly ghostly tours this year.  It turns out, a lot of people liked the idea.


Walking Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery – October 2019

We had another great turn out for our annual walking tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery.


Walking tour of Bear Canon Cemetery – October 2019

Another great walking tour the Bear Canon Cemetery in Sedalia.



BBQ Fundraiser – September 2019

We had a rip-roaring good time with our first BBQ fundraiser.  Featured entertainment was Rudy Grant & The Buffalo Riders and Local Country start, Peggy Malone.  We even had a special appearance by Jake Jabs (who knew he could sing).



Walking Tours of Downtown Castle Rock: June – Sept. 2019

We’re walking, we’re walking….it’s always fun to go walking around town.


10th Annual Trolley Tour of Castle Rock – May 2019

Once again we took a tour around Castle Rock in the Town of Castle Rock’s old fashioned trolley.



4th Annual Victoria’s Tea Fundraiser – May 2019

Thank you to everyone that came to our annual fundraiser.  We had a very lively presentation by the Legendary Ladies.


Walking Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery – October 2018

Always a popular event, we walked among the pioneers at Cedar Hill Cemetery.


Bus Tour of Douglas County – September 2018

We took yet another bus tour of Douglas County, highlighting Castlewood Canyon, Lucas Homestead, Russelville, 20 Mile House and 17 Mile House.


Walking Tours of Downtown Castle Rock June – September 2018

Once again we are giving walking tours of Downtown Castle Rock on one Saturday a month from June – September.



Bus Tour of Southern Douglas County – June 2018

We took 50 of our closest friends (otherwise known as anyone wanting to go) on a tour of Southern Douglas.  Sites included Maguireville, Spring Valley, Greenland and Sandstone on June 23, 2018.


9th Annual Trolley Tour of  Castle Rock – May 2018

We were the first to use the new Town of Castle Rock Trolley for our 9th Annual Trolley Tours on May 5, 2018.  This year’s tour featured the rhyolite buildings around town.


Grand Opening of Trailblazers of Douglas County Exhibit – April 2018

There be Mountain Men in them darn hills and they came down to the Castle Rock Museum to help us celebrate the opening of our new exhibit “Trailblazers of Douglas County” on April 14, 2018.


Bear Canyon Cemetery Walking Tour  – Oct. 2017

If it’s October, then we’re doing Cemetery tours.  Included this year on Oct. 28, 2017 was a tour of the Bear Canyon Cemetery in Sedalia.  Many of the early settlers in the area are buried here.



Cedar Hill Cemetery Walking Tour – Oct. 2017

Once again we took a walk through history at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Castle Rock.  It was a beautiful fall evening as everyone enjoyed sad and happy stories of important people in Castle Rock’s history.



 Historic Walking Tours of Downtown Castle Rock – June 2017

September 23rd marked the last walking tour of Downtown Castle Rock for the season.  Look for the tours to start again in June of 2018.  The tours are conducted on the 4th Saturday of the Month; June – September.




Castle Rock Museum’s 20th Anniversary Celebration – Sept. 2017

Castle Rock Museum celebrated its 20th Anniversary on Sept. 16, 2017 with a grand party.  We had dozens of people enjoying great food, dancers, signers and even Castle View High School Marching Band.


The Celebration also included honoring Castle Rock Historical Society founders Starr and Lionel Oberlin.  We dedicated a new plaque on a bench at the museum to the Oberlins.




Tour of the Local Rhyolite Quarries – June 2017

This is always a very popular event.  Everyone enjoyed a drive to the top of the Santa Fe and Madge Quarries (Rhyolite Park) and a guided tour of the area.



 8th Annual Trolley Tour – May 2017

Even though we experienced a big end of the season snow storm the day before, the trolley tours went great.  This annual event always draws lots of people and is a great way to get to know Castle Rock better.





2nd Annual Victoria’s Tea – May 2017

The 2nd Annual Victoria’s Tea was another great success.  We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again next year.





Dedication Ceremony for the Briscoe Medical Building – May 2017

The CRHSM was proud to be a part of the naming and dedication of the new Briscoe building at the Castle Rock Adventist Hospital on May 4, 2017.  The building has been named after Mary Briscoe who was the first County nurse back in the 1930’s.  The permanent display in the lobby was created by the Castle Rock Museum.




Grand Opening of the World War I Exhibit – April 2017

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the United States’ involvement in World War I, the Castle Rock Museum has a new exhibit that will run through November 2017.  For the Grand Opening of the exhibit we had a celebration including WWI re-enactors and their own memorablia.  We had a record crowd and good weather.


Walking Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery – Oct. 2016

The Cedar Hill Cemetery was founded in 1875 and is the only cemetery in Castle Rock.  It contains the remains of pioneers significant in the early history of Castle Rock and Douglas County.  The annual tour of the cemetery hosted by the CRHSM draws a very big crowd.  The guided tour is highlighted by CRHSM members portraying several distinctive people from local history.  This year we heard stories of Elias Dyer, Mary Briscoe Enderud, Dr. George Alexander, Philip S. Miller and others.



Heritage Walking Tours are back – June 2016

June 25, 2016 kicked off the 2016 season for the Downtown Castle Rock Heritage walking Tours.  There will be a tour on the 4th Saturday of every month from June – September. The 45 minute tours begin at The Courtyard on Perry Street, between 3rd and 4th streets, and will conclude at the Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert Street. Group and bike tours are available by reservation. (303) 814-3164,  Tours are Free.



7th Annual Trolley Tour – May 2016

Another wonderful crowd came for the 7th Annual Trolley Tour on May 14, 2016.  This year’s focus was on “History in our Neighborhood” visiting areas outside of Downtown Castle Rock including Rhyolite park and other quarries, the old towns of Douglas and New Memphis and other points of interest along the way.



1st Annual Victoria’s Tea – May 2016

We enjoyed our first Tea fundraiser for the Historical Society on May 21, 2016.  The sold out event was a great success and we look forward to many more in the future.

2015 Heritage Walking and Biking Tours of Downtown Castle Rock

June 27 kicked off the 2015 Heritage tours of Castle Rock. Tours will continue on the fourth Saturday of the month in July, August and September. The 45 minute tours begin at The Courtyard on Perry Street, between 3rd and 4th streets, and will conclude at the Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert Street. Group and bike tours are available by reservation. (303) 814-3164, Tours are Free.

6th Annual Trolley Tour – May 2015

We had a full house for our Annual Trolley Tour on May 16, 2015. All seats were full for our five tours of sites in Castle Rock related to the 1965 flood that devastated Castle Rock, Larkspur, Sedalia, and Denver. If you missed it you can still stop at the Museum and see many of the headlines and pictures from that June 16, 1965 flood.

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FREE Tour of the Last Operational Rhyolite Quarry in Castle Rock


Posted by Brigette Owen – November 2014

In conjunction with our newest exhibit at the museum Tom Smith from Douglas County Split Stone Company of Sedalia will be leading a tour of the Mencenberg Quarry, the last operational rhyolite quarry in Douglas County. Saturday, November 8, 2014. Please meet at the Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert Street, at 11:00 am for carpooling. Tour ends at 1:00 pm. Contact the Castle Rock Museum for more information (303) 814-3164

FREE Walking or Biking Tours of Historic Castle Rock

Posted by Brigette Owen – June 2014

The Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum offers heritage walking tours of historic downtown Castle Rock on the fourth Saturday of each month from June 28, 2014 through September. The 45 minute walking tour begins at 10:30 am. Tours start at the Courtyard on Perry Street, next to Siena Restaurant, and end at the Museum. Reservations are not required for these lively and entertaining tours, they are free and all are welcome! Bring your walking shoes! All types of bicycles are welcome! Free parking at the Museum. Free bike rentals at

May 19 2010: Historical Trolley Tour

Posted by Dan DeLeo on April 21, 2010

Traditionally, for the past two summer/fall seasons, the Castle Rock Historical Society has offered historic walking tours. This year, in commemoration of Historic Preservation Month, a kick-off tour with the Town Trolley is planned on May 15, 2010. This unique tour will offer the chance to see historic sites not available on the traditional walking tours. The duration of the tour will be approximately one hour with three separate tours beginning at 9:30 am, 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Each tour will begin and end at the Castle Rock Museum. The tour will visit the Sante Fe Train Depot, Madge Quarry, the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, New Memphis Colony, Scott Ranch and more. The fascinating histories of these sites will be narrated by three of our most illustrious and long-time Town historians.

Evolution of the Colorado Front Range: A View from the Denver Basin

Posted by Dan DeLeo on April 21, 2010

Dr. Ian Miller, the Department Chair of Earth Science at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will present “Evolution of the Colorado Front Range: A View from the Denver Basin” on May 20, 2010 at the Douglas County Event Center Conference Room at 500 Fairgrounds Dr. Dr. Miller is a paleobotonist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and a champion of bringing science to the public. He will discuss the makeup of the Denver Basin Area and what was learned from the two discoveries made in the last decade in the Castle Rock area. The evening starts with refreshments and social at 6:30pm and the program at 7pm. The program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Miller’s talk kicks off the new exhibit at the Castle Rock Museum, “When Castle Rock was a Rainforest”. The museum will host artifacts from the digs, on loan from the Denver Museum, through October. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum at 303-814-3164 or

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