This amazing gift of protected land in the heart of the Village was generously donated to our city by its previous owner, Catherine (“Cat”) H. Anderson, with the intention that it become an permanently protected property for the community to enjoy, highlighting the natural beauty and rural heritage of Cherry Hills Village. The Farm is subject to a Conservation Easement administered by Colorado Open Lands – ensuring it will be preserved for conservation, nature, and local heritage education to benefit all current and future generations.
What makes The Farm so remarkable
The 17.5-acre property spans both sides of the High Line Canal, a landscape that includes open pastures and views of the mountains to the west, as well as a working farm to the east. You might have noticed The Farm where The Highline Canal crosses Quincy Ave. It’s a unique example of a wildlife habitat situated in an urban area. And it’s the first verified and documented breeding site in Colorado for the Hooded Merganser Duck.
The Farm’s historic buildings and pastures also mark a picturesque piece our of local history. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, noting it as “a rare agricultural complex that has all but disappeared from urban Arapahoe County.” The circa-1898 house, built by James C. and Grace M. Hopkins, is the oldest, most intact farmhouse remaining in Cherry Hills Village.
Watch an interview with Cat Anderson herself and learn more about this incredible property and her generous donation: