Hiwan Heritage Park

Landscape view of the Hiwan Heritage building, taken by Jon Rose.

Architecturally unique and set in an old-growth ponderosa grove, Hiwan Heritage Park and Museum is a great place to learn about local and state history, see interesting architectural  features, and enjoy a beautiful natural setting. 

Construction began in 1893 and called Camp Neosho, the Museum  was the former summer camp and residence of one of Colorado's first female doctors, Josepha Williams Douglas, and her family.  Hand built by Evergreen craftsman Jock Spence from local materials, the house grew to 25 rooms by 1918, including two octagonal towers, a chapel, formal dining room, and many bedrooms. Camp Neosho became the Hiwan Ranch after 1938 and the new owners, the Buchanan family, turned the summer home into a working Hereford cattle ranch. 

To avoid development and possible demolition, the Jefferson County Historical Society worked with newly formed Jeffco Open Space to list Hiwan on the National Register of Historic Places and open it to the public as a museum in 1974.  

Hiwan Heritage Park Junior Historian Workbook

Hiwan Heritage Park
28473 Meadow Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439

Hiwan Museum

Closed Monday - Wednesday

Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday & Friday

Noon - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday

Free, indoor guided tours offered every 30 minutes during open hours. Outdoor self-guided tours available every day.

Please call to schedule an appointment to access research and historical collections.  

Social Story for Visitors (PDF)

Volunteer at the Hiwan Museum!

We are seeking volunteer Docents to lead tours, answer visitor questions, and support the Museum. 

Read the position description brochure and apply at offero.jeffco.us

The Jefferson County Historical Society is now Evergreen Mountain Area Historical Society (EMAHS) and sponsors the museum exhibits and educational programs such as Discovery Days.

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Hiwan Heritage Park Map

Reserve the Heritage Grove Pavilion

Heritage Grove Pavilion
Hiwan Heritage Park rules, prohibited items and actions

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