History is everywhere in Antelope Island State Park, which is why it is a fantastic option for a family vacation in Utah. Fielding Garr Ranch is located in an area of Antelope Island State Park where indigenous people used to live. Mormon pioneers established this ranch back in 1848. They had arrived in the area a year prior and decided they had to stay on this land. Over the years, the artifacts left behind by the indigenous people have been discovered at this ranch. You will also see some of the original buildings still on the foundations they were built on.
This is still a working ranch, and it is the oldest one in the West. It was placed on the National Register for Historic Places back in 1983. You will see so much history from the one-hundred-fifty years that this was a ranch. This is all in addition to the history discovered by the indigenous groups that lived there.
The Bunk House is one of the older buildings on the Fielding Garr Ranch. The inside is furnished to look like it did back in the 1960s. This is where all the seasonal hands slept when they were not tending the fields.
The Cellar has had many uses over the years. When you are down there, you can use your imagination to determine how it would have looked filled with different types of foods.
The Ranch House contains a kitchen, dining room, Max’s room, living room, south bedroom, and middle bedroom. The kitchen is from the 1970s, while the dining room shows what socialization looked like back in the 1940s. This is where Max, the ranch manager’s young son, slept. This child was twelve years old at the time and would ride his horse when he finished all his work in the fields.
The living room looks like it did back in the 1840s when Fielding Garr lived there. The south bedroom is also from that time period, while the middle bedroom has furnishings from some timeframe between the two bedrooms.
The Spring House was the building used to make cheese and to keep other dairy items cold. Once refrigeration was available, this building would have been used to keep food cold.
There is an abundance of history to discover at the Fielding Garr Ranch, and you can see it all during your family vacation in Utah.
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