Historic Willows School Society

495 CR 141
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1416
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Phone: (719) 371-4013
Email: Email this nonprofit
Contact: Alice French


“The Willows” one-room country school located six-and-a-half miles west of Westcliffe, Colorado dates back to pioneer times. It was constructed in 1889 for Custer County’s School District Number 15.


The Historic Willows School Society, a 501(c)3 non profit, manages the 1889 Willows one room country school located 6-1/2 miles southwest of Westcliffe, at 495 CR 141 (Willow Lane) . The Building is on the State and National Historic Buildings Registrars.

Renovation of the outside of our building and painting of the interior is complete. In 2019 we published a historical novel, Strength of the Hills, submitted by Meta Frank. This is the life story of one of the original colonists. The book is available for $20 by contacting our President, Alice French, (719)371-4013. We are happy that the school is currently being used for services and meetings by the Old German Baptist Church which contributes to the cost of utilities and performs needed maintenance and repairs. The Willows School is still available for events when it is not in use. Consider the Willows School as the perfect location for an affordable country wedding.