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Brigham Young Winter Home Historical Site, St. George

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The Brigham Young Winter Home and Office is a historic residence and museum located in St. George, Utah. Brigham Young was the foremost Mormon pioneer and led the church to the Utah Territory. As Young grew older, his arthritis precluded him from spending winters in the Salt Lake City region, so his followers built him a winter home in St. George in the arid Dixie region of Utah. Young seasonally occupied the home and office from 1873 to 1876. The building was eventually deeded to the Utah State Parks and Recreation department and is now open as a museum.HistoryBrigham Young was a tradesman from Whitingham, Vermont who converted to Mormonism in 1830. He joined President of the Church Joseph Smith's Church of Christ in 1832 and moved to their headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio. After the church relocated to Nauvoo, Illinois, Smith named Young to the first Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and named him president of the group in 1839. In 1844, the residents of Nauvoo were split over the issue of plural marriage, leading to the arrest of Smith. A mob of men assassinated Smith while he was in jail, resulting in the succession crisis.
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  • We were able to tour Brigham Young's winter home. The tour guides are very nice. There is original furniture and pictures on the wall as well as bedding and hand quilted spreads. You do have to be abl...  more »
  • We enjoyed a little Mormon history learning about this winter home of Brigham Young as well as history of early Mormon settlement in St. George, including how the town got its name.  more »
  • Brigham Young had a winter home in St. George. There was no charge for the guided tour. It is beautifully restored to the period he lived in the house and the guides offer quite a bit of early local h...  more »
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  • It's always fun to visit LDS Church historical sites. On the free tour my family learned about raising cotton, about Brigham Young, the history of St. George and how people lived in the 1850's.
  • A welcomed mix of stretching legs after a long drive and a history lesson. Learned a lot about settling Utah and the St. George area. The home and grounds are absolutely lovely and it is ran by volunteers, which is neat.
  • Similar to the Beehive House in Salt Lake City, this house offers a glimpse into the life of the LDS Church's second leader, Brigham Young. Tour is free.
  • Mo self guided tour, be aware this starts in the old office where an elder will give you a Book of Mormon. a tour guide takes you to the house which there is little to see, with ornate crafted wood furniture, recreations of an old stuff. Not a self guided tour but I guess they don't want people messing around there.
  • Informative & enjoyable. Low key tour.