Buena Vista Heritage has been awarded $145,055 to start a massive renovation of the first Chaffee County courthouse (Currently the Buena Vista Heritage Museum). We have raised the $50,000 in matching funds. A new roof and more will be completed in 2018. We hope to apply for the next phase of the repair as we raise the necessary matching funds for the next grant.  Donate Now and THANK YOU!

Our Museums 
& Mission

Our museums include the restoration and operation of the Buena Vista Heritage Museum which includes a Model Railroad circa 1900 in Chaffee County, the Turner Farm, and the Buena Vista Depot.  

Buena Vista Heritage is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that exists to preserve and share the history of Buena Vista and Chaffee County for the education and enjoyment of the public. Our organization and properties are managed by a limited staff and lots of volunteers. Volunteer? We would love to have you.

Organizational History   

Over the 43 years that Buena Vista Heritage has been in existence, our organization has become an integral part of the community, building a solid reputation by focusing on our mission and by providing educational and heritage tourism opportunities in the most cost-efficient way possible. Our history can be summarized as typical early struggles, followed by two decades of calm, then rapid growth. We are currently involved in a major renovation of the Buena Vista Heritage Museum which was the original courthouse in Chaffee County. We have applied for and received grants to start this process but it could take the next 10 years to complete.

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Events From Earlier This Year

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