The farm adventure continues on with passion! Colorado’s legendary White Fence Farm announces new ownership today. The 80-acre Wilson Farm was an original working hay and cattle farm surrounded by endless fields in Lakewood. Today, it operates as a family enclave including the Americana Barn with Granny’s and a farmhouse stage, Country Cottage, OK Corral, Carriage House, Waterside Walk, Hospitality House, Gazebo, Silo, Pig Chute, Colorado Christmas year-round, Carriage Rides and more. The original Family Style Farm Dinner is also of legend, and over 5 million chicken dinners have been served.
About Previous Owner & Family: Charlie Wilson & The Wilson Family
In 1972, after graduating from D.U.’s Hotel and Restaurant Management School, one of the Wilson’s children, Charlie, took their family landscape, and with help from his father Stan, mother Martha, and three sisters, they went to work converting their paradise into a community delight. They scraped, painted, removed thousands of pounds of shrubbery, dug a pond and stream, planted flowers, created a restaurant and opened their doors on July 17, 1973 after a year of hard, but loving labor. Much of the classic menu is still the very same as opening day, and will continue with the standard of excellence and familiarity.
“It took me a long time to find the right owner,” explains Charlie Wilson. “It takes a certain type of person with the know-how, experience and love of the community to become the proprietor of our family legacy. We had numerous conversations, but it never felt right until I met Tom and Craig. Tom grew up with the original White Fence Farm in Joliet. His childhood memories are similar to mine; he understands the joy, challenges and surprises. I never wanted this place to grow stale and old, I needed someone with enthusiasm and innovation and these guys were perfect. And, the most important part, they aren’t going to change a thing, except for a few family photos on the wall.”
Charlie will never be far from his beloved farm. He will continue on at White Fence Farm to help the new owners and promote and uphold the standard of family excellence he set forth. However, don’t expect Charlie to not enjoy a small reprieve from his accomplishments, he was just out shoveling snow twice this past Sunday from the weekend’s storm and a little sun and beach are tempting him. But, the bean salad, coleslaw and house pickled beets will keep him sneaking in the kitchen in the coming years.
PLEASE do not expect any changes to White Fence Farm, rather, witness as the humble beginnings of this legendary establishment continue to root themselves in family memories, dinners and reunions.
ALL reservations are still in the books, and the same staff, warmth and amazement will welcome you, as always. The menu will not change, nor will the wait staff; it’s the same White Fence Farm as you’ve remembered, but maybe even better?
LOOK for Charlie to greet you and introduce you to his newly extended farm family throughout the end of the year.