Moon-Randolph Homestead

Beekeeper surrounded by bees at the Moon-Randolph HomesteadLess than two miles from downtown Missoula, history and culture intertwine at an old ranch in the Rattlesnake foothills. The City of Missoula purchased the 470-acre Randolph property in 1996 to preserve open space for animals, plants and people.

The ranch at the northwest corner of the property — continuously cultivated for 100 years by the Moon and Randolph families—gradually began to draw the attention of curious and concerned citizens. In 1998 the NMCDC sponsored a community campaign to preserve the homestead, creating the Hill and Homestead Preservation Coalition (HHPC).

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Since 2000, the NMCDC has managed the homestead through a cooperative agreement with the City of Missoula Parks and Recreation Department. This public-nonprofit partnership receives significant support from the private sector and provides an innovative model for collaborative community building.

Click here to visit the Moon Randolph Homestead website

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The homestead is open to the public Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May through October. Private tours for school groups and community organizations can be arranged on request, and the homestead is available for gatherings, weddings, and private events during the open season.

Private tours for school groups and community organizations can be arranged on request, and the homestead is available for gatherings, weddings, and private events during the open season.

Please contact the caretakers via email for more information or to arrange a visit.

For details about the history and significance of the Homestead, check out its nomination for the National Register of Historic Places: MRH_Register_Pt.1MRH_Register_Pt.2

A Wide Network of Supporters

Foundations, organizations and individuals have contributed more than $300,000 in the past fourteen years to further the Homestead’s activities, and at least an equal amount in in-kind materials and labor. You can become a supporter by visiting the Moon-Randolph Homestead Website!

Many thanks to all of our Moon-Randolph Homestead Supporters and Collaborators:

  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Montana Community Foundation
  • City of Missoula Parks and Recreation Department
  • Five Valleys Land Trust
  • Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
  • Alternative Energy Resources Organization
  • Missoula Historic Preservation Advisory Commission
  • Montana Preservation Alliance
  • State of Montana Historic Preservation Office
  • Wilderness Institute, University of Montana
  • St. Patrick Hospital
  • Rossbach-Brennan Foundation
  • Artcraft Printers
  • Garden City Harvest
  • Home Resource
  • Yellowstone Pipe Line
  • Browning-Ferris Industries
  • Northside Neighborhood Association
  • Westside Neighborhood Association
  • Historical Research Associates
  • City of Missoula Open Space Advisory Committee
  • Environmental Studies Program, University of Montana
  • Montana Natural History Center
  • Save Open Space
  • Missoula City Parks, Recreation and Urban Forestry Board
  • Smart Growth Missoula
  • Montana Conservation Corps
  • Youth Homes, Inc  (and InnerRoads Wilderness Therapy)
  • Steele-Reese Foundation
  • Missoula Conservation District
  • Cinnabar Foundation
  • Celebrate Missoula Foundation
  • Montana Cultural Trust

 

Moon-Randolph Homestead map