Gardner Village Blog A NEW Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate Old Glory and Utah History
Wednesday Jul 3 2019

Just in time for the July 4th holiday, Gardner Village has released a brand new historical scavenger hunt. 

utah state history scavenger hunt


Download your FREE scavenger hunt here.

gardner village historic scavenger hunt 2019

Follow the clues on the waterwheel to find your answers. With all ten in place, it’s payoff time — free, freshly-pulled salt water taffy from Chocolate Covered Wagon. YUM! 

The Chocolate Covered Wagon

But candy isn’t the only sweet reward you’ll claim in your quest for answers. This hunt is actually summer learning disguised as a game!

After all, Gardner Village is a well preserved and beautiful sampling of Utah's history. What better place to celebrate state and national heritage than a place founded around a flour mill built in 1877? 


Most of the small shops throughout The Village are pieces of our national past as well. They’ve been relocated here, where they’re immaculately cared for and treated with love. Just about every building has a story to tell (just look for the plaques on the walls), making this the coolest interactive history lesson around! 

Cottage Retreat Spa and Salon

Speaking of those plaques, they’re going to be a big help on your quest. Here’s a small sampling of just what you can expect on this happy hunt: 


Scavenger Hunt Clue #1: To start your scavenger hunt, take a selfie in front of the Mill that Archibald built in 1877.

historic Gardner mill

Scavenger Hunt Clue #6: Which shop is a rare example of a two-story log cabin? Think you know? 

Here’s a tiny hint…

Willow Hill Yarn Company

Scavenger Hunt Clue #8: Nancy Long is the founder of Gardner Village. Find the bell and ring it once to remember her. 

Gardner Village


You’ll find pretty patriotic photo ops around every turn. As you bounce from one scavenger hunt stop to the next, pause to take a few pics for your family’s scrapbook or Instagram account. It’s an easy way to reflect your love of the red, white & blue. 

American flag backdrop

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If you find yourself fresh out of our nation’s colors, you’re in the right state. Many here bleed red or blue, and Utah Sports Collective at Gardner Village represents those school colors in a major way. 

utah sports collective


This week and all summer long, if you’re looking for something fun to do that’s close to home and won’t break the bank, this patriotic play is just the ticket. The scavenger hunt provides an unforgettable history lesson, and the photo ops around every turn will make the experience all the more memorable. And, of course, the dining and shopping options add to the experience when you want to sneak inside and beat the heat over a delicious meal or some new red, white and blue wear. 

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On behalf of all your friends and neighbors at Gardner Village, have a safe and happy July 4th holiday! 


Megan Hoeppner 


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