The home was
once heated with four pot belly stoves but had no plumbing or electricity.
The fixtures from the Catholic rectory in Aspen were used to remodel the pantry
into a bathroom. The addition of the back room and porch were moved up from
the railroad building in Basalt. Her two-story brick home is decorated in
the original kitchen cook stove and furnishings. The two-story Arbaney barn
was the family horse barn. Today Josephiney Arbaney still resides in the Arbaney
home which is located behind the Arbaney Barn. Many of the items which the
Arbaney Barn will display will come from Mrs. Arbaney as well as the Cerises,
the Willits, the Lees and other Basalt pioneer families.
The Arbaney Barn will not be a museum where the displays just gather dust, The BRHS plans on breathing life into the museum through live demonstrations that show what life was like in Basalt. We plan on doing this by holding talks at the barn in which BRHS members will demonstrate butter churning, apple cider pressing, preserving as well as telling the story of different town homesteaders by becoming that person through live performances. This will take place during the summer as well as during the school year so that when the middle school and elementary school are studying the local history we will complement that lesson with our museum talks. We will work together with the history teachers to accomplish this very important part of the children's education.
balance to make it a reality
Everyone to come out an celebrate the restoration
Yes, Saloon Night is back at Two Rivers Cafe! The doors will swing open at 6:30 with toe tapping music by Jimmy Dykan and friends, gaming and a Chuck wagon BBQ. Mark your calendars for this wonderful event. Cost are holding the same $35.00 single or $60.00 a couple. Buy your tickets at: The Town of Basalt, Basalt Chamber of Commerce or by call 927-4693.