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Restoration of historic Greenland Post Office ensures it will remain standing for generations to come

State Historical Fund grant helps preserve our County’s history and heritage

Posted on July 8, 2021 2021Historic and Natural Resources

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Did you know that Douglas County’s investment in the Greenland area extends beyond open space and trails? The County along with its Historic Preservation Board has also made a commitment to preserving the historic Greenland Townsite resources.

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

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, it 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 and learn about what was happening elsewhere in the County.

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.

Follow along on Instagram using #greenlandpostoffice as we share photos of the progress over the next few months. In this phase of the project, the concrete foundation will be restored and improvements to site grading and drainage will be made to keep excess water away from the building in the future.

Initial work to restore the roof of the Post Office and stabilize the foundation took place in 2016 and was also funded partly with an SHF Grant.

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

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