Franktown is a rural community tucked off the beaten path, south of Denver and east of Castle Rock. At first glance, the town appears to be just a crossroads with a couple of cafes, a Mexican restaurant and gift boutiques. Appearances can be deceiving.
This area has a rich history, one that is well preserved at the historical museum just outside town.
The museum is located in an old one-room schoolhouse. Exhibits contain archeological remains, farm tools, mining remnants and more. In the 1800s Grange halls dotted many Western towns. While a number of halls have fallen into disrepair, this 19th-century political movement continues helping rural areas to this day. The local Grange is one of Franktown’s most famous relics, lying just north of downtown. A historical marker at this 1905 structure explains this unique political and social farm club.