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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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  • Wheeler Historic Farm is a fun place to visit with the kids. Lots of animals and local history mixed in with engaging activities. You can always count on a good time when you go to "the Farm." Judy He...  more »
  • The farm is well run and has lots of fun things to do for kids, the animals are great and the people that work there are very engaging.  more »
  • I love visiting the farm! The animals are fun to observe, especially the cows. Several different "farm" activities for the kids. So educational watching the goings-on of a working farm.  more »
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  • Went to the farm on Saturday! Their pumpkins days are great for the kids. The kids love all the animals especially the horses. Some of the farmers had a couple horses out and we were able to go up and take pictures. The farmer was especially nice and made it look like the kids were holding the horse during the picture! We love going to the farm!
  • Wheeler Farm is a family favorite. We spend a lot of time here with our toddler; whether it's walking the many different trails back to the East of the property, taking a stroll through the vegetable gardens, playing on the playground, or looking at the assortment of farm animals and farm equipment. Great place that always seems to have some new hidden gem. We especially like the farmers market here. Where some cities hold their markets in sterile city parking lots, Wheeler Farm's market is held in a grassy field with some tree cover and an awesome view of the east mountains.
  • We had a blast during the fall festivities. My son loved the tractor (and wagon) ride, petting the animals, and picking out pumpkins! The hay maze was really fun, but he was a little too small (and tired) to enjoy that at the time. Would love to go back again and what else the farm has to offer! I know they do a Sunday farmers market during the warmer months, at least. Will definitely check that out next time we can!
  • For $10 in October 2016 you get a hay ride (or cow painted barrel just for the kids), hay bale maze and a pumpkin. I walked around while the kids & in laws rode it. There's hanging ghosts, a graveyard, antique farm equipment and fantastic scenery. From 10 am - 2 pm there is cow milking. We came too late to milk cows.
  • Utilized Wheeler Farm for our wedding reception and it was a great option. Prices were very reasonable and the staff was patient and helpful. Our guests loved the barn and everyone really liked walking around the grounds. It's really cool that a place like this has been saved and is open for public use.