Cozens Ranch Museum
The Cozens Ranch Museum allows visitors to step back in time to the latter quarter of the 1800s when settlers, many of whom were immigrants, were making their way westward. The museum is located in a house built in 1874 by William Zane Cozens, who would become an important figure in Winter Park. He and his wife started offering food and supplies to travelers and eventually built a stagecoach inn where they would stay. They had three children who helped with the business, which became successful as there were large numbers of people passing through on stagecoaches (this was before the time railroads reached the area). Nothing remains of the homestead except the house which has been restored to the late 1800s appearance. The museum hosts various events, musical performances, and art workshops throughout the year. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Backstory and Context
"Cozens Ranch Museum." Grand County Heritage Coalition. Accessed November 15, 2016. http://grandcountyhistory.org/museums/cozens-ranch-museum.