Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Step Back in Time

I spent all morning at This is the Place Heritage Park. It is a wonderful place in Salt Lake where they've got authentic pioneer houses and cabins. Yes, the actual ones used by the pioneers that have been preserved and moved up to the park along with authentic furniture and tools etc. It's like a living pioneer village including a blacksmith, barbershop, carpenter shop, print shop, hat shop, shoe shop, grist mill, gardens, livestock, houses and more.
As a fantasy writer I find it an excellent place to do research because it provides all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feel of pre-technology life. I go there often, and always learn something new. Here are some pictures from today's visit.
The general store.




Pioneer kitchen












Some of the animals.














Carding wool.















Spinning.














Weaving.
















Plants used to dye the wool.




2 comments:

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm totally going there this weekend! I never thought about it like that, research! How awesome! =]

Rebecca Shelley said...

There is a great event there this weekend. Brother Brigham's Family Ball. July 25, 7pm to 10 pm.

Pioneer dancing, where the whole family participates, authentic pioneer intertainment, the world premiere of Brigham Young's family recipe donuts. Pioneer dress is encouraged, partners are not required. A caller will teach each dance before it's begun.

$6.00 for adult (12 and over)
$4.00 child
$10.00 couple
$25.00 family (2 adults &6 children)