If you’re a history buff, St. George has tons of hidden historical treasures that we know you’ll love! From home to churches, landmarks and more, this is the perfect vacation destination for those who want to learn more about the history of Utah. Here are 5 historical sites near St. George, Utah that you have to see:
1. Brigham Young Winter Home and Office
Born in 1870, Brigham Young was the 2nd President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Following his predecessor, Joseph Smith, Young founded Salt Lake City and served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. His winter home and office sits at 67 West 22 North in St. George and is currently open for guided tours. Take a step back in time and learn all about Young’s family life, as well as his contributions to the church, including his role in the construction of the St. George, Utah Temple.
2. Ancestor Square
Located on the corner of St. George Blvd. and Main Street, sits Ancestor Square. Some of the buildings you’ll find in this square include the Miller-Pike Home, Old Jail House, The Sandstone Building and more! Built around the site of Big Hand Cafe, Ancestor Square is filled with rich history and Utah flair. The Washington County Historical Society hosts walking tours around the square that you can join. Don’t miss out on seeing all this incredible history in one location.
3. Jacob Hamblin Home
In 1854, Jacob Hamblin was recruited by Brigham Young to serve in the Southern Utah Indian Mission. He spent his life serving the American Indians in the region while continuing to grow the mission. His home now stands as a headquarters for modern day missionaries and is open for guided tours. Take a peek inside what life was like for Hamblin and his family as they lived and worked in Utah throughout the 1850-60’s.
4. St. George Tabernacle
The St. George Tabernacle has served as a central place of worship in St. George, Utah years before it was even completed. Finished in 1876, this church has served the Latter-Day Saints community since the establishment of St. George. Take a guided tour and observe all the illustrations of faith, as well as the artistry and industry that is on exhibit. You’ll even get to see displays and artifacts that date back to the construction and ornamentation of the building.
5. The Pioneer Courthouse
The Pioneer Courthouse is one of the most historical buildings in St. George. Constructed in 1876, this courthouse served as a jailhouse, office, courtroom and even a schoolroom. Inside, you’ll find original paintings of Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, beautiful vintage chandeliers and an old security vault. The courthouse now sits directly next to the McQuarrie Memorial Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum. Make sure you also stop into this museum on your historical tour.
Now that you know about a few of the most interesting historical sites in St. George, Utah, you can begin planning your historical tour of the region! Still looking for somewhere to stay? Check out all of our vacation rentals and find the one that fits your needs. We look forward to seeing you!