Whether passing through or staying for a spell, here are a few historical Mormon sites that you should visit while vacationing this summer in Utah. And the best part is, they're free!
Built in 1891 by pioneers, the Logan Tabernacle has a charm that could only come from quality craftsmanship. At the time the tabernacle was under construction, the Saints in Cache Valley were also building the Logan Temple. It took great sacrifice for the Saints of Cache Valley to contribute their time and means to build both the Logan Temple and Tabernacle, which is why it took nearly 30 years to complete.
Today, the tabernacle is the center of music and art for Cache Valley. Visit May
Image from logantabernacle.blogspot.com
The Beehive House
The former home of Brigham Young, the Beehive House doesn't look a day past its completion in 1855. There are no actual bees in the Beehive House, rather, the name comes Brigham Young who encouraged his children to work together like bees. Throughout history, the house has passed ownership to prophets Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith.
Tours of the house run from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with glimpses inside the daily lives of those who lived there. If all that history makes you hungry, the Lion House Pantry, another historic building, is just right next door.
Image from LDS.org
Marmalade Hill Historic District
If you find yourself in Salt Lake City with a little extra time on your hands, a walk up Marmalade Hill is like stepping back in time. Named for the surrounding street names (most of them involving some kind of fruit), the architecture of the historic buildings is still the way it was in the pioneer-era.
The 19th Ward Meeting House and Relief Society Hall is particularly interesting. The architectural style of the building was completely different from other chapels at the time it was built in 1896. The meeting house is now home to the Salt Lake Acting Company.