Wheeler Historic Farm, Salt Lake City

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The Henry J. Wheeler Farm is one of the few remaining late 19th century farmsteads in the Salt Lake Valley that have not been lost to expanding housing developments of metropolitan Salt Lake City. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places since 1976, it is situated on 75acre in Murray, Utah. The historic complex includes an adobe and brick home and several outbuildings, all constructed in 1898. There are, in addition to the home, a granary, ice house, chicken house, and work shed. A barn, also built in 1898, burned down in 1973. Together, this complex of buildings, along with the fences, trees, stream, ice ponds, roads, constitutes one of the few complete and operating historic farmsteads in the county. It is currently operated as the Wheeler Historic Farm by the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Department.The farm was established by Henry J. Wheeler, the third son of English Mormon converts, who came to Utah in 1852. Born February 18, 1866, Henry grew up on his father’s farm in the South Cottonwood (now Murray) area. In 1886, at the age of twenty, he married Sariah Pixton and established his own farm in the vicinity of his father's farm. The present brick home and several outbuildings were constructed in 1898 by Sid Gills and Hans Yorgensen. A Mr. Hayes, employed by the Sugar House Lumber Company, was the carpenter for the interior woodwork. The home, according to the 1902 publication, Biographical Record of Salt Lake City and Vicinity, "...was planned by Mrs. Wheeler and reflects great credit upon her knowledge of architecture, as it is not only homelike and convenient, but one of the prettiest little farm houses to be found in the county.”
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  • I love that UTAH preserves some amazing farm land to help people experience how the country should be! The Farmers Markets here are great!  more »
  • This is a cute active running farm with animals that you can see. There are activities for the kids and a tour of the house. They have a really fun thing during the Halloween time for the kids but it ...  more »
  • this is a fun spot in spring/summer/fall to walk around with kids. it is a historic type place and great to get out of the house for some walking and talking...good experience.  more »
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  • Came for a wedding reception. What a wonderful couple! My heart! Beautiful reception hall with all the essentials. The surrounding landscape offers a plethora of photogenic opportunities. Inside only 1 bathroom and not too friendly for babies.
  • Wheeler Farm has been a family favorite of ours for years. The kids always love walking around, seeing the animals, feeding ducks, and playing on their awesome playground. It's also an awesome place to go during Halloween time for the children's maze and picking out pumpkins. It's a fun free way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
  • Called in to reserve for a wedding reception, they scheduled us, so we got our invitations printed and ready, then got an email saying there was an error in the scheduling and they were re-doing their floors that week. They lost our paperwork with check attached and said that because they didn't have that, "it was not their problem." Left us without any help whatsoever, and now we're stuck reprinting invitations and finding a venue. At least they could help cover the cost to re-print the invitations because they did allow us to reserve on a day that it was taken. Staff was also very hard to work with after they sent the email.
  • Popular place during spring through Halloween. Pumpkin maze is going on now. Neat place, especially for kids. Has lots of animals, activities, summer camp. Playground is spacious, in the middle of the lawn. Plenty of space to get rid of extra energy.
  • My dad and I had a couple hours to burn and ended up here. It was fun. We explored a few paths, looked at the animals, and investigated the various old and new farm machines. Doing just the free stuff took us 1-2 hours. Totally worth stopping by.

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