Photos and History

Hundred year-old school house. Salt-of-the-Earth. Family-owned. Preserving the land for future generations.

Longmeadow Game Resort was founded by the Stencel family in 2005. When we founded Longmeadow, the initial focus was on upland game birds including: dove, pheasant, quail and chukar. The Game Resort has since been expanded from 2,000 to 4,000 acres—and in 2007, we began to offer prairie dog and coyote hunting.

In 2010, we broke ground for Longmeadow Event Center, which is set to open in June of 2011.

Our spacious 11,500 square-foot Event Center is specifically designed to host receptions, business conferences, family get-togethers and other special events. Simply put, if you can think of a reason to have a party—we can host it. The Event Center will also provide Lodging andCatering for those who truly want an all-inclusive event location.

The three Stencel brothers manage the property and daily services at Longmeadow:

Tye Stencel, General Manager – Game Resort
Heath Stencel, General Manager – Event Center
Wade Stencel, Director of Catering

And So It Was Called Longmeadow

Longmeadow Game Resort and Event Center takes its name from the historical landmark that resides on the property—a little one-room schoolhouse built in 1908.

Certainly seeing any resemblance to a long green meadow back in the day would have required a vivid imagination as one viewed the schoolhouse on the parched, dusty, prairie, just southeast of the small town of Corona—now known as Wiggins.

The story goes that a painter from back east finished painting the little schoolhouse and then asked, “What should we name it?” When there was no answer, he took up his brush—and probably dreaming of grassy pastures back home, he painted the name “ Long Meadow” on the whitewashed boards.

Four Generations

Perhaps the name was prophetic—because after the dry years of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl in the 1930s came the introduction of irrigation, and with it, the area became a flourishing farmland of rich green crops of corn, hay, wheat, barley, beans and sugar beets.

Our family farmed this land for four generations—but as Colorado’s population grew, many more water wells were added upstream, which diminished the water table.

To survive, Wiggins farmers began planting fewer crops that required a lot of irrigation and more crops suited for the dry plains. And so, the area changed once again—and people who had once earned their living on the land sent their sons and daughters to college to find jobs outside the farming community.

Back to the Country

But the nostalgia of the country life we grew up with lured us back to the land and life we love—to find new and innovative ways to earn a living, and preserve the heritage of the land that is our home.

Thus, Longmeadow Game Resort was created, and from its success, Longmeadow Game Resort and Event Center. Now the goal is to share—at least in part—the life we grew up with, and care for the land our fathers and grandfathers preserved for us.

On this land where our great-grandfather attended the one-room schoolhouse that is still used today as Longmeadow Community Club—established in 1932—we want to carry on with part of their creed as well:

Let us serve as best we can: our God, our families and our fellowman.

Stewards of the Land

Several years ago, Longmeadow Game Resort started planting natural habitats to help build up the pheasant population. More recently, Longmeadow has become a licensed Game-Bird Park with the Colorado Division of Wildlife enabling us to raise pheasantquail and chukar for release—not only for hunting, but also to replenish the wild game populations and develop new areas of habitat.

Our efforts have created a great natural habitat for dove migration—a testament to just some of the ways Longmeadow is committed to wildlife management, and ultimately, stewardship of the land.

Our family’s intimate knowledge of the surrounding land and wildlife,combined with our extensive hunting experience, has uniquely positioned Longmeadow as a place where even the most inexperienced hunter can be relaxed, engaged and enjoy their hunting experience with us.