Franklin Avery surveyed Fort Collins in 1873. He later founded First National Bank and was instrumental in developing water projects that enabled agriculture to flourish in northern Colorado. He and his wife built their home in 1879, and it was acquired by the Poudre Landmarks Foundation Inc. in 1974. There is a tour and it includes information about the Avery family and history of Fort Collins. Tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.
The grounds also include a carriage house, gazebo, and fountain. The attention to detail in the home is impressive. The house originally had two rooms on the first floor, three bedrooms on the second floor and a basement. It was added onto over a 16-year period, though you couldn’t tell unless you looked for it as it was masterfully done.
Cost is free, hours are Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 4pm. Contact 970-221-0533 for any questions.