The Lyons Redstone Museum (the town’s old schoolhouse built in 1881) is a great place in Lyons, Colorado for folks to visit. It features Lyons history in displays, photographs, and genealogy. There is also a gift and book shop. The Museum is open weekends in May, and daily Memorial Day through September 29 (see hours below). Our visitors include tourists, residents, past and present students, and those “seeking their heritage”.
The red sandstone school house was originally built as a 30 foot by 40 foot stone one-room school building in 1881. The stone was obtained from the nearby quarries, and was completed and ready for the 40 students the fall of 1882, with Mr. T. J. Thorne as the first teacher.
Another room was built in 1895 to house the influx of students coming to the new quarry town. In 1902, the stone building was remodeled into a four-room, two-story building to house the 173 students of the growing town, which is how the building looks today.
The building was saved from the wrecker's bar in May 1977, with a 3-way lease between the Town of Lyons, the St. Vrain Valley School District, and the Lyons Historical Society. It was designated to be the Town history Museum. After restoring the interior with three furnaces, electrical outlets, paint, and more, the museum was open for the first time by volunteers in 1978. In 1983, the Town awarded a grant to hire employees to keep it open to the public. There was a major restoration of the exterior of the building in recent years.
The Lyons Historical Society, with Dorothy Paxton, as president, was formed in 1973 in order to help save the town's 1885 railroad depot building from being torn down or removed. In 1976, with LaVern Johnson as president, the group went on to save the 1881 schoolhouse..
The museum is open weekends in May, and daily from Memorial Day to September 29.
Call (303) 823-5271 (or 823-5925 in the off-season) for more information, or write PO Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540.
All visitors are invited to start out their visit to this Heritage Tourism Town by stopping at the history museum to enjoy the History of the Lyons area in displays, photographs, and genealogy. Pick up a souvenir, history book, town's history walking map, knick knack gift, or one of the 3,000 used books. Come back and enjoy new exhibits each year.
Photo: Redstone Museum