The Gathering Place at Gardner Village * 1100 West 7800 South * West Jordan * 801.566.0917
On a recent trip to Utah some friends and I took our kids to Gardner Village. Its a quaint and picturesque villiage of rescued historic homes that have been converted into fun shops and restaurants along with amazing scenery. It was too cute not to share, and I highly recommend visiting Garner Village if you are ever in West Jordan, Utah.
Gardner Village History
Close your eyes and imagine a large grist mill, mattress factory, broom factory, blacksmith shop, and general store. What remains today—the Gardner Mill—is the legacy of Archibald Gardner. The Mill and surrounding property passed to other owners and eventually became vacant. In 1979, Nancy Long bought the Mill to convert it into a house, but her retail experience and entrepreneurial spirit prompted her to turn it into a furniture store, Country Furniture & Gifts, which opened in May of 1980. Her dream of having a restaurant in the old mill came true in 1990 with the opening of the popular Archibald’s Restaurant.
Since then, Nancy, her family, and staff members, have found and moved historic buildings to the Gardner property to re-create a quaint village complete with a stream winding through a series of connecting pathways and covered bridges. The Gardner Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and received the 1987 Utah Heritage Award for the most improved commercial building.
Like the waterwheel that once powered the mill, Nancy Long’s clarity of vision continues to guide Gardner Village. Today, the ownership has passed to a new generation, Nancy’s son Joe Long and daughter Angie Seeley, are working to continue the journey their mother began in 1980.
Everyone who has heard of Gardener Village gets very excited about the Halloween activities there. There are witches lurking around the village a scavenger hunt is set up to find them all! You can print off your scavenger hunt forms on their website or pick one up there. Make sure to look up Witches Night Out. There are also crochet and knitting classes, a farmers market, hay rides, and many other activities and events throughout the year.
Is it not amazing? I want to go back and shop in the vintage furniture store, which was unlike any other I have been into. It was clean and organized, no funky old building smell, the products were great and the prices were fair. In the midst of all the cute girl shops I found an amazing shop that carried cute, but not too preppy, boys clothes. I got them each a tie for $4 and I am still drooling over that blazer.
My other favorite find in SLC is Eva’s Bakery. What are your favorite shops?