To the south of Colorado College on the wide, tree-shaded Cascade Avenue stands a small, English-style cottage built in 1873. This cottage was the home of the Henry McAllister family that was influential in the establishment of Colorado Springs. It was opened to the public as a museum in 1961 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
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  • Our Victorian Tea at the McAllister House was so much fun! It was fun to use the china and the tea set. Really gives you a thrill to think they took the same sort of teas there in that house over 100 years ago! Thanks for a great time!
    Susan Bailey



    Colorado Springs: a town of “schools, colleges and science…The most attractive place for homes in the West.” -General William Jackson Palmer

    On July 31st 1871, General Robert  Alexander Cameron drove a stake into what is now the southeast corner of Cascade and Pikes Peak Avenues. 150 years later, we are celebrating Colorado Springs’ sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary. In honor of this major milestone, the Pioneers Museum unveiled a new exhibit entitled COS@150. This exhibit commemorates Colorado Springs’ last 150 years by using 150 objects to tell 150 stories. As the McAllister House is one of the oldest intact structures in the city, we were excited to contribute to this display. The McAllister House Museum was able to loan the Pioneers Museum a rather unique item from our collection for this exhibit. The artifact on loan is a framed fragment of the 33-star American Flag that flew over Ft. Sumter in 1861. If you would like to learn more about this artifact, click on the button below to explore the Pioneers Museum’s COS@150 exhibit. 


    General Cameron July 31st 1871

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    These two talks were given by the McAllister House Museum Director Eric Metzger in the Fall of 2020. Enjoy!

    The Role of the Apple in 19th Century American Westward Expansion into Colorado


    Horticulture on the McAllister House Grounds