There are 3 museums within walking distance in down town St. George, and Stephanie wrote a little about each of them.
Brigham Young Winter House | St. George
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to dusk | Free | 67 W 200 N, St George, UT 84770
As we toured the home, we learned a lot interesting things.
The Pioneers that settled St. George grew cotton and raised silk worms.
They planted mulberry trees all over because they grow well in the climate and they are the only thing silk worms eat.
In the first year, they managed to grow 100,000 pounds of cotton! The kids got to see silkworm canons and touch the raw cotton with seeds in it.
The back yard has a huge mulberry tree that was struck by lightning, but mended and still growing today.
Inside the home we learning how they painted pine to look like oak and marble.
They pioneers worked hard and were very talented.
President Brigham Young spent the last winters of his life in the St. George area enjoying the warm weather and directing the building of the St. George Temple and Tabernacle.
St. George Tabernacle | St. George Utah
18 S Main St, St George, UT 84770 |Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to dusk | Free
309 families were sent to Dixie and settled St. George 1861. Over 146 years later, the Temple and the Tabernacle are still in use.
Constructed 1863-1876. 80% of the the panes are original. The building has a free standing spiral staircase, know as an architectural marvel.
The St. George Tabernacle, the "jewel in the desert" and a symbol of the town's pioneer beginnings.
While at the tabernacle, you can also hear interesting stories about the tabernacle's glass and whythe balcony had to be moved.
Daughter of Utah Pioneers
145 N 100 E, St George, UT 84770 |No cameras allowed |Museum is open daily except Wednesday, Sunday, Holidays and entire month of December Hours: Jan through Nov - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM|Free
Right across the street from the DUP building is the St. George Court house! If you notice the top of the building, the panels are removable and used for public hangings. Luckily just seeing it was a deterrent and no one was ever hung there.
We had a sweet little member of the DUP take us on a tour of the museum. Each of the kids got a scavenger hunt sheet to look for interesting artifacts in each room or our tour.
A little History: The McQuarrie Memorial Museum is owned and operated by the three Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) Companies in Washington County, Utah. Approximately 200 women members volunteer their time to manage and maintain the facility and serve as Docents to visitors from around the world.
Through the generous donation of Hortense McQuarrie Odlum, the Museum was built in 1938 to house pioneer relics, photos and histories of those stalwart people who came to settle Southern Utah under the direction of Brigham Young beginning in mid-1850. June 17, 1938, the day of the Museum's dedication, a day involving nearly all city and religious dignitaries, as well as most members of DUP in Washington County. For the DUP to have its own building to preserve the precious remembrances of the early settlers was a dream come true. Several full pages were published in the local newspaper heralding the event and thanking Hortense McQuarrie Odlum for donating the funds to have the Museum constructed.
Donations contributing to the large collection within the walls of the Museum came, and still come, from descendants of those pioneers who lived and worked in this harsh area.
St. George Temple Visitor Center.
250 E 400 S, St George, UT 84770 | No appointment necessary | Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Free |Tips: The visitor center is the only Wheel Chair and Stroller accessible. The other 3 are old historic buildings that have stairs and no elevator.
Inside the visitor center there are 2 interactive movie activities about families.
The kids loved it and were free to move around at their own pace and explore.
What do you guys think? Have you visited these before?