The Hutchinson Homestead which sits along the South Arkansas River was founded by Annabelle and Joseph Hutchinson in the late 1800’s and is an important part of Chaffee County’s history. The site, which is now called the Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center features exhibits on what life what like in those days and is perfect for groups big or small. Tours are available daily and bring the visitor back in time while exploring the buildings and land around the site.
The main building is a restored two story wood framed home where the Hutchinson’s raised their family. Many items from the time period can be found in the many rooms including the parlor, bedrooms, and kitchen. Other outbuildings include the granary which held dry goods and food for the livestock, the blacksmith shop where tools were made, a three hole outhouse with a kids seat, Uncle Art’s Cabin where he lived separate from the main house, a saddle shop, various corrals, and several animal buildings for chickens, horses, and milking cows.
Interestingly enough, the land around the homestead is still being worked by the seventh generation of Hutchinson’s ensuring the ranching lifestyle will continue for years into the future.