Gardner Village Blog A Unique Way to Experience Pioneer Day
Wednesday Jul 11 2018

Every day is Pioneer Day at Gardner Village. After all, in 1853, one of the original Utah Mormon pioneers, Archibald Gardner, built the mill that currently sits at the heart of The Village. What was once an industrious flour mill in Utah is now home to Archibald’s Restaurant and CF Home. The site is now listed on the National Historic Register for its significance to Utah's history and our nation's heritage. 

mill plaza

Ready to add some edutainment (educational entertainment) to your July 24th celebration this year? This is your perfect opportunity! Stop in for lunch or dinner at Archibald’s and take time to walk through the mill while you're at it. Throughout the restaurant and CF Home, you’ll see pioneer-era pieces on display that were once working mill elements. It really is a fascinating firsthand look at the way things were in the pioneer days.

utah state history 

Read more about Gardner Village history here.

 salt lake outdoor dining

This is also your chance to pause and honor Gardner, the hard-working pioneer who did so much for our state. You'll find a memorial dedicated to him just west of Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon. 

archibald gardner mormon pioneer

Continue your pioneer trek and check out the various pioneer touches throughout The Village, including a covered wagon, a handcart, and other pieces that honor our state’s roots. Talk about amazing photo ops! 

covered pioneer wagon

utah state history

For some sweet sugar on top, include a stop at Chocolate Covered Wagon.

utahs best candy store

This locally-owned candy shop is about more than just their delicious handmade salt water taffy and pure chocolate decadence. If you schedule a chocolate class, you can make the sweetest covered wagons around. Yum! (Call 801.938.1963 for more info.)

chocolate camp at chocolate covered wagon 

Plus, Chocolate Covered Wagon is where you’ll find unique pioneer trivia posted throughout the store. Think your pioneer prowess is up for the challenge? Here's a sample to get your wagon wheels turning: 

Q: What were Brigham Young's first words after seeing the Salt Lake Valley?


B. "This is the place!"

C. "It is enough. This is the right place. Drive on."

D. "it is good. This is the right place." 

The answer is... C! President Brigham Young's reaction was recorded by Wilford Woodruff. 

Beyond trivia, you'll discover Chocolate Covered Wagon is also the place for Pioneer Party ideas. 

pioneer party ideas

Whether you’re looking for a unique way to experience our state’s history for Pioneer Day or simply want a special summertime activity, Gardner Village is happy to welcome your wagon train.

Gardner Village 

Happy Pioneer Day, friends!
Megan Hoeppner


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