Mission Statement

The Horatio Colony House Museum and Nature Preserve has been established to preserve and protect the 1806 Federal house and collections of Horatio Colony II and the 645-acre nature preserve on West Hill in Keene; all to be open to the public as a community resource. The goals of the museum and preserve are to educate residents of and visitors to Keene about the history of
the Colony family and the social and natural history of the area by means of exhibits, tours, lectures and special programs, through a focus on the property of Horatio Colony.

Colony Memorial Trust

The Colony Memorial Trust was established by Horatio Colony II before his death in 1977. The trust is a non-profit operating trust that manages both the Horatio Colony House Museum and the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve. The trust is governed by trustees and an advisory board. As instructed by Mr. Colony, the advisory board must be comprised of a representative of the Mayor of Keene; a representative of the President of Keene State College; a Colony family member; a representative from the Trustees of Keene Public Library; a representative from the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of Cheshire County; and a representative from the Trustees of the Society for the Preservation of Historic Keene.