Last updated: 10/19/2009
Salt Lake City, Utah
Street Address
6351 South 900 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Mailing Address
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
phone: 801-264-2241
fax: 801-264-2213
e-mail: wheeler1@slco.org
web: www.wheelerfarm.com
Hours
Dawn to Dusk daily. Office Hours are 9-5 Monday - Friday
Admissions
Admission for the farm is FREE, however, there is a small fee for various activities and special events provided on the farm.
Museum Type(s)
Staff
Description

Historic House Tours, Farm Chores, Tractor Drawn Wagon Rides, Birthday Parties, Summer Day Camp, Country Store. See website for seasonal activities.

History

The Wheeler Farm began on June 17, 1886, when Sariah Hankinson Pixton married Henry Joseph Wheeler and together they made their home on this seventy-five acre farm. Helping Henry run the prosperous dairy enterprise, Sariah and the six Wheeler children each assumed a portion of the chores around the farm. Everyday there were cows to milk, eggs to gather, and wood to chop. Churning butter, making soap, trimming wicks, and cutting ice were just a few of the many necessary tasks. In 1969 Salt Lake County purchased the 75 acres which comprise today’s farm. Wheeler Historic Farm was placed on both the Utah State and National register of Historic Places in 1976. Originally started as a 1976 project of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution, the restored museum farm evolved during a decade of historical research, reconstruction, and restoration. The restoration was a challenging project. Some buildings were in excellent condition and easily restorable while others were in ruin or had been completely destroyed. Restoration and furnishing the buildings is a continuing responsibility. The Farm is a restoration of the turn-of-the-century dairy farm of Henry J. Wheeler. Maintaining the farm presents to the public the history of Utah family agriculture. It is a representation of the rural lifestyle in Salt Lake County from 1890-1920 and presents the best farming methods of the Progressive Era. Historic demonstrations and exhibits are just a few of the things that will take you back in time. Here you may discover the old time farm lifestyle once common for most families in Utah but which is now largely past and gone. Wheeler Historic Farm is also an outdoor classroom that promotes discovery and inquiry into the world around us. The Farm is a part of the outdoor space you require to provide your food, air, and water. The Farm environment is a fun place to visit, so come on down! See the animals and stroll along Little Cottonwood Creek or visit our award winning wetlands.

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