Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin
Discover two of Leadville’s earliest houses for a glimpse of life in a booming silver-mining town. The Dexter Cabin and Healy House feature lavish Victorian furniture, including objects belonging to Horace and Augusta Tabor, and a beautiful Victorian garden.
August R. Meyer’s 1878 Greek Revival clapboard house was built for his bride, Emma. The home has been carefully restored and features lavish Victorian furnishings collected by Leadville pioneers. For years it was a sought-after boarding house and a hub of social life, with croquet on the lawn as boarder Nellie Healy entertained guests in the parlor.
The lush gardens have been restored in Emma Meyer’s honor. From the parlor window you can look out on the formal garden with Victorian urns, statuary, garden benches, and a gazebo. You are welcome to stroll through the gardens, where many native plants have been identified, and enjoy the magnificent view from atop the hill, over Leadville and out to the mountains.
Beside the mansion is the surprisingly plush 1879 log cabin that was mining investor and businessman James V. Dexter’s Leadville residence. By the time he built the cabin he was already a wealthy man, one of Colorado’s first millionaires, and loved a wide variety of activities.
Both Healy House and Dexter Cabin are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.