Less 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 North Missoula Community Development Corporation sponsored a community campaign to preserve the homestead, creating the Hill and Homestead Preservation Coalition (HHPC.) Since 2000, Parks and Recreation has managed the homestead through a cooperative agreement with NMCDC.
Hundreds of people have experienced the homestead’s special gifts. And each person takes away an imprint of the place: a glimpse of an owl in flight, the feel of a worn plow handle, the sound of laughter and apples falling from the crown of a tangled tree. Like the Moon-Randolph Homestead Facebook page to keep up on fun daily happenings and to learn more about visiting the homestead.
Visit the Homestead
The homestead is open to the public Saturdays from 11am to 5pm, May through October. Private tours can be arranged on request, and the homestead is available for gatherings and private events during the open season. Please contact the homestead via email or by phone at 406-728-0451.
The public is invited to the 2016 Fall Gathering on Saturday, September 24th from 4-10pm. Enjoy fresh apple cider and a harvest feast! Visit the Moon-Randolph Homestead Facebook page to learn more.
Page content courtesy of NMCDC
Homestead Strategic Plan
In 2015, City Council adopted an updated Strategic Plan for the Moon-Randolph homestead. Read the plan online.