Hornbek Holiday Open House 2013
Contact: Jeff Wolin, (719) 748-3253 ext. 202
Start your holiday season with a visit to an 1880’s homestead. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument celebrates the holiday season with an open house at the Hornbek Homestead on Saturday, December 7, from 10 am until 3 pm. Staff and volunteers dressed in period costumes will serve refreshments and conduct tours of the historic 1878 Hornbek Homestead. Come and stand around a warm woodstove and transport yourself to a simpler time. Local artisans will be demonstrating quilting, weaving, and other period crafts. There will also be crafts and activities for kids reminiscent of life in the 1800’s.
The Rocky Mountain Nature Association will be selling books at the homestead and at the visitor center. There is a wide selection of natural and local history books, children’s educational toys, apparel, as well as maps, nature videos, CD’s, games and great holiday gifts . Items purchased from the non-profit Rocky Mountain Nature Association bookstore support the interpretive and education programs of the Fossil Beds.
The Hornbek Homestead is located in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument on Teller County #1 a mile south of the town of Florissant. From Colorado Springs, travel 35 miles west on US highway 24. The Monument visitor center is about a mile south of the Homestead. For more information call 719-748-3253.
Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Entrance fee is $3 per person over the age of 16.
Did You Know?
Most fossils in the monument are from the late Eocene (34.07 million years ago), but a tooth and jaw fragment from a much younger mammoth have also been found. The fossils are from the Pleistocene Epoch and are at least 50,000 years old.