Unique Sites in the St. George Area
Despite being known for its beautiful landscapes and great variety of outdoor activities, St. George, Utah is also home to some unique historical sites. These sites not only provide a greater history of Utah’s Dixie, but also exhibit some interesting architectural features. Be sure to check out the following places the next time you travel to St. George!
Pine Valley Chapel
The Pine Valley Chapel, located about 35 miles north of St. George, is a noteworthy historical structure that is definitely worth a visit. Completed in 1868, the chapel was designed by Ebenezer Bryce, an LDS convert from Scotland whose experience was in shipbuilding. Because of his background, Bryce decided to design the church in a similar manner, with the attic of the building essentially being the hull of a ship turned upside down. It was constructed of local pine and then placed on a foundation made of granite and red limestone. The Pine Valley Chapel is the oldest LDS chapel still in continuous use and is currently open for tours Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. George LDS Temple
The St. George Temple was completed in 1877 and became the first temple completed by the Latter-day Saints west of the Mississippi River. It is the oldest temple still in use by the Church today. The temple is a prominent landmark in St. George, particularly because of its white color that beautifully contrasts the surrounding red rock. Individuals can learn more about the temple at the visitors’ center, which contains a Christus statue and offers free family-friendly activities. Although the temple itself is not open to the general public, visitors are welcome to spend time on its grounds admiring the beauty.
Brigham Young Winter Home
This home was the winter residence of Brigham Young, second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during the last few years of his life. He spent his last winters in St. George for health reasons and directed the building of the St. George Temple and Tabernacle while there. The home still stands today and is open for free tours daily from 9 a.m. to dusk.
St. George Tabernacle
The St. George Tabernacle (also known as the “jewel in the desert”) was constructed at the same time as the nearby St. George Temple and took 13 years for the Latter-day Saints to complete. The tabernacle has stood for well over 100 years and is still used for a variety of special events today, including musical presentations and organ recitals. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk and is free to the public. For a complete list of events, call 435-628-4072.
Jacob Hamblin Home
This home belonged to Jacob Hamblin, an early convert to Mormonism who is known for building relationships with the Indians in Utah. After completing various Church duties earlier in his life, Hamblin was assigned to serve as a missionary in Southern Utah and spent the years from 1863 and 1869 there. The home is located just over five miles outside St. George and is the only early LDS home located in Santa Clara open to the public. Free tours are given daily.