Historical Sites

Must-see historical sites in the southern Utah and St. George area. Be sure to pay a visit on your next trip.

St George LDS Tabernacle


Built of native red sandstone by struggling pioneers, the tabernacle was dedicated in 1876 and stands as a monument to their faith and determination. Today, the tabernacle is home to church services, daily music recitals, and the weekly Dixie History and Music Series. Location: 490 South 300 East St. George, Utah 84770 Phone: (435) 628-4072


Brigham Young Winter Home


Brigham Young, the Mormon leader, established a winter home in St George, where he enjoyed the area`s mild, snow-free winters. The original portion of his home was begun in 1869 and completed in 1871. The front addition-what most would call the main part of the house-was completed in 1873. The home is open for public tours. Location: 200 North and 100 West. St George Phone: (435) 673-2517


Ancestor Square


The art and soul of St. George since the 1860`s. Ancestor Square is the compilation of 12 separate buildings, six of which have historic registry designations with rich histories. These historic buildings include Sheriff Hardys house (1877), the Sheriffs office (Sandstone Bldg), the original Jailhouse, and one of the oldest buildings in St. George - the historic Gardeners Club building. All buildings have been renovated to provide a unique experience whether your visit includes lunch or dinner at one of our five premier restaurants, purchasing art from one of our world class art galleries, shopping in any of our unique retail stores, or visiting one of our many service oriented tenants. Location: Northwest corner of St. George Blvd and Main Street in the middle of St. George Phone: (435) 674-2002, ext. 203


Grafton Ghost Town


Grafton is a photogenic, partially preserved ghost town located near Rockville, just outside of Zion National Park. It is located along the Smithsonian Butte scenic backway. The old school is fairly well preserved and is often photographed. The old cemetery is also worth visiting. The town was established in 1859 by pioneers attempting to grow cotton along the Virgin River.

The inhabitants of Grafton town were forced out of the area during a Native American uprising in the mid 1860`s. Location: Rockville, UT


Silver Reef Ghost Town


Rich veins of silver were discovered in the hills north of what is now the town of Leeds, along I-15 about 15 miles NE of St George. A boom occurred in the 1870 and a town sprang up, rapidly becoming the largest community in southern Utah. At its zenith it boasted some 9 stores, 6 saloons, a bank, several restaurant, a hospital, 2 dance halls, 2 newspapers and 3 cemeteries. By 1891 the mines had produced about 25 million dollars worth of ore. But the veins played out quickly and the town went bust. The old Silver Reef Wells Fargo Express office is on the National Historical Register and is now houses a small museum. Foundations of a few other old buildings can be seen. Tailings from mines can be seen in the surrounding area. New mining efforts are undertaken now and again, and much of the area is closed to exploration. A few dangerous open shafts dot the countryside and so explorers need to use caution. Location: Leeds, UT


Pine Valley Church


Oldest LDS chapel in continuous use. A unique old chapel can be found in the community of Pine Valley, north of St George. It was built in 1868 by shipbuilder Ebenezer Bryce. Bryce is perhaps best know for the homestead he established next to what is now Bryce Canyon National Park.

Area pioneers wanted a permanent chapel and Bryce was the only person around with building experience. He applied unique techniques as he constructed the chapel, making it somewhat resemble the upside down hull of a ship. Techniques including wrapping the corners of the building with strips of green rawhide that tightened as they dried. When the church was finished, he said, "If a flood should come, it would float and if a wind came strong enough to blow it over, it would still never crash to pieces." Location: Pine valley north of St. George


Jacob Hamblin Home


The man who was called "Friend of the Indians." See what life was like for Jacob and his large family in a frontier town. Walk among the fruit trees in the nearby orchard and see the sloped porch where the family dried fruit. Location: Corner of Santa Clara Blvd and Hamblin Drive, Santa Clara Phone: (435) 673-2161


Mountain Meadows Site


Location: Along Hwy 18 about 5 miles south of the community of Enterprise, north of St George. During the so-called "Utah War," tensions were high between Mormon pioneers and people traveling through the territory. On Sept 11, 1857, for reasons that may never be fully understood, a group of Mormons and local Indians slaughtered members of an immigrant wagon train encamped at Mountain Meadows. A memorial has been created at the site. Location: Veyo, UT Phone: (800) 200-1160