9 LDS Church history day-trip destinations

9 LDS Church history day-trip destinations

 

Cove Fort was built during while the saints settled the Utah Territory. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

Cove Fort was built during while the saints settled the Utah Territory. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

Church history sites dot nearly every corner of Nauvoo, Illinois. Upstate New York and Kirtland, Ohio, have their share of historically significant places too. But families living in Utah County don’t need to drive across the country to learn more about the heritage of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, which was originally formed in 1992 as the Ensign Peak Foundation, works to identify, preserve and commemorate places of historical importance to the Church. These 9 Utah locations are some of the foundation’s registered historic sites and are all within a few hours’ drive from Utah Valley.

 

1. Cove Fort, Millard County

Distance from Provo: 133 miles

Dedicated: May 9, 1992, by Gordon B. Hinckley

Significant because: Cove Fort is the only fort built during the settling of the Utah Territory that remains standing. It was built in 1867 under the supervision of Ira Nathaniel Hinckley, grandfather of President Gordon B. Hinckley. Ira Hinckley was called to do so by Brigham Young.

The fort served people traveling across Utah by giving them a place to rest during the long journey between settlements. As the need for a fort waned over the years, Cove Fort was owned privately until the Church acquired it in 1988.

Things to see: Tour the fort grounds, including the house, garden, blacksmith shop and more.

2. Brigham Young’s Winter Home, St. George

Brigham Young’s Winter Home has been restored as a museum. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

Brigham Young’s Winter Home has been restored as a museum. (Photo courtesy Mormon Newsroom)

Distance from Provo: 259 miles

Purchased and restored in: The 1970s

Significant because: Brigham Young, the second president of the Church, spent several winters here with members of his family. The warmer climate in St. George helped ease the pain of his rheumatism.

Things to see: Exhibits on display—the home has been restored as a museum.

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