Community History


Rock, Water and Trees were the natural themes that G. David Gale promised to protect and highlight in 1989 when he began the planning and design for what would become the five executive neighborhoods comprising Gale Communities' 1,200 acre, award winning Winterset community in Lee's Summit.


  • The Rock, Winterset limestone that underlies so much of Missouri and Kansas and offers our distinctive, native fence and wall material...
  • The Water, four creeks and the distinctive Cedar Creek valley that traverse Winterset and provide the protected native habitat for a host of animals, birds and butterflies along with the hills, walking trails and Winterset's 100 acre park;
  • And the Trees, native oaks, hackberries, cedar and redbud that comprise the protected forested land in Winterset, on the west-side of Lee's Summit.

Winterset has been designated a Global Relief New Home Community for its exemplary tree protection and tree planting programs. This natural theme has been attractive to the almost 1,000 homeowners and has generated additional national awards from American Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, Edison Institute and the National Association of Homebuilders.


Winterset Valley is the newest of Winterset's five neighborhoods and continues this natural theme with five trail accesses to Winterset's 100 Acre Wood, and the Valley's own "central park" with Winterset's third pool and recreation complex. A special distinction in Winterset Valley includes streets and avenues named for famous American naturalists with the hope that future generations will continue to honor and protect the distinctive "Rock, Water and Trees" of the Winterset neighborhoods.