Museums & History in Grand Lake, Colorado
Grand Lake Area Historical Society’s mission is to preserve, protect and promote history of the Grand Lake area.
The Grand Lake Area Historical Society runs the Kauffman House Museum and the Smith Eslick Cottage Court in Grand Lake, CO, featuring historic artifacts and preserving history within the buildings.
The Kauffman House was originally a pioneer hotel that was purchased and restored by the society in 1973. As a nonprofit organization, the Grand Lake Area Historical Society operates and maintains the historic building as a museum. The Society herein records gifts and artifacts presented by friends and associates for use in the Kauffman House Museum. Kauffman House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Smith Eslick Cottage Court, it is thought by historians to be a rare example of a motor court, a lodging specifically designed for the automobile tourist and his car. The Cottage Court has been restored to its original condition and is now an unusual museum featuring hundreds of items, photos, and stories of early automobile tourism. It is the centerpiece of the Cottage Camp, a growing historic and community events site.