Gardner Village History
Gardner Village in West Jordan, Utah contains the outlines of the once bustling
early Utah pioneer mill industry and history. What remains today
is a cluster of retail specialty shops located in restored cabins,
houses and buildings nestled adjacent to the Gardner Mill.
Now listed on the National Historic Register, the old
flour mill is home to Archibald's Restaurant and Country
Furniture & Gifts.
Vintage pioneer architecture, antique fixtures, red brick
paths and bridges over a pond, create a relaxing and
enjoyable atmosphere for shopping, dining and discovering
some of Utah's most colorful history.
Gardner Village History
Close your eyes and imagine a large grist mill, mattress
factory, broom factory, blacksmith shop, and general
store. What remains today—the Gardner Mill—is the legacy
of Archibald Gardner, an industrious pioneer and devout
Gardner, who was born in Kilsythe, Scotland, in 1814,
immigrated to Canada and then the United States after
he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).
Gardner was one of the original Mormon pioneer settlers of Utah in 1847,
when the first wave of pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake
Gardner, who gained experience building mills in Canada,
built his first Utah mills in the Cottonwood area. In
the early 1850s, Archibald Gardner and his family began
establishing the roots of an industrious hub on the west
side of the Jordan River. Logs were hauled by horse teams
from the Bingham Canyon to build the first West Jordan
flour mill in 1853. A house warming was held in the Mill
on December 21, 1853, according to records. The original
mill was moved and a larger mill, now on the site, was
erected in 1877. The adjacent West Jordan Canal and other
irrigation canals were also developed by Archibald
Gardner. The first commercial water rights issued in Utah
went to Archibald Gardner and his West Jordan Mill.
The Mill and surrounding property passed to other owners
and eventually became vacant. In 1979, Nancy Long bought
the Mill to convert it into a house, but her retail
experience and entrepreneurial spirit prompted her to
turn it into a furniture store, Country Furniture & Gifts,
which opened in May of 1980. Her dream of having a
restaurant in the old mill came true in 1990 with the
opening of the popular Archibald’s Restaurant.
Since then, Nancy, Chris Christenson, son
Joe Long, and a hard-working staff, have found and
moved historic buildings to the Gardner property to
re-create a village complete with a stream winding
through a series of connecting pathways and covered
bridges. The Gardner Mill is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places and received the 1987 Utah
Heritage Award for the most improved commercial
Gardner Village Today
Like the waterwheel that once powered the mill, Nancy Long's clarity of vision continues to guide Gardner Village. Today, the ownership has passed to a new generation, Nancy's son Joe Long and daughter Angie Gerdes, are working to continue the journey their mother began in 1980.