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Restoration of Greenland Post Office preserves a cherished piece of history

State Historical Fund grant supports rehabilitation project

Posted on March 18, 2022 2022Breaking NewsHistoric and Natural Resources

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Did you know Douglas County’s investment in the Greenland area extends beyond open space and trails? The County, along with its Historic Preservation Board, is also committed to preserving the historic Greenland Townsite.

Thanks, in part, to a $156,000 grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund, work to reconstruct and stabilize the Greenland Post Office is complete and will protect this important historic building from future settlement and deterioration.

Initial work to restore the roof and stabilize the north section of the foundation began in 2016. The most recently completed repairs stabilized all other areas of the foundation and restored walls and flooring inside the building.

The post office, along with its outbuildings, are some of the only remaining buildings in the Greenland Townsite considered to be historically significant. Operating from 1873 until 1959, the post office was a central element of the cultural and social growth of the community, with residents of the Town of Greenland coming to their post office to catch up on local news.

The ongoing restoration of this property is an example of the dedication of Douglas County and our community to the preservation of our unique shared history and heritage. Landmarked sites like the Greenland Townsite help contribute to an understanding of our local identity and culture and can provide real-life educational experiences.

Learn more about Historic Preservation in Douglas County, visit the Virtual History Museum, view historic properties and find additional local history information.

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