Homelake Veterans' History Museum is sponsored by the Homelake Historic Preservation and Restoration Foundation and run by volunteers. It is located on the campus of the former Colorado Soldiers' and Sailors' Home -- now the Homelake Veterans' Center -- in the San Luis Valley at Monte Vista, Colorado.
The home was established by an act of the Colorado State Legislature in 1889 at the behest of the Grand Army of the Republic to provide a home for the aging and disabled veterans of the Civil War. The first resident was admitted in November, 1891.
Shortly thereafter a cemetery was established at the Home and by 1898 the barracks, commander’s residence, administration building, and chapel were added to the community.
More than 3,000 veterans have lived at the facility -- starting with those from the Civil War and continuing to those from current conflicts.
|Colorado State Soldiers' & Sailors' Home, Dedication Ceremonies – Trop D, State Militia & Grand Army of the Republic. July 4, 1892.