MIDWAY — Wasatch Mountain State Park needs little introduction to most residents of Utah. It remains one of the state's most popular recreation areas.

The Huber Grove Homestead and the Tate Barn, however, likely will require some description.

Until recently, the farm and barn have stood as they have for more than a century, with little attention focused on the two historic sites. Beginning Saturday and continuing on through next week, the two new heritage sites will be the focus of the seventh stop on the Division of Parks and Recreation's summer heritage tour.

Wasatch Mountain State Park, located in a narrow valley northwest of Midway and Heber, is not only one of the most popular parks, it is also one of the most developed.

The focal point is a 36-hole golf course, considered one of the best in the state. Around the course are 155 camping units, all with water and power, and some with sewer hookup. Reservations are required on summer weekends and are recommended on weekdays to ensure a camp spot.

The focus of this stop, however, will be the Huber Farm and Tate Barn, which have recently been restored and opened to the public, and are near Wasatch State Park.

John Huber emigrated from Switzerland to Midway, where he established himself as a community leader and farmer. Huber was, in fact, a strong influence in establishing the Swiss heritage to the Midway and Heber areas.

Currently, there are two buildings on the old Huber Farm, which was purchased by the state and renovated. It is located in Snake Creek Canyon, which is about one mile from the Wasatch visitors center.

One building was the Huber home, and the second a creamery where dairy products were produced, stored and later sold throughout the area.

To reflect on those early times, the heritage schedule calls for a full range of demonstrations, including shearing sheep, milking cows, churning butter, weaving and spinning, making apple cider, candle-dipping, "as well as playing some of the games played by the families, such as apple-bobbing and three-legged races," said Wendy Wilson of the DPR. "We will also be having tours of the farm, where we will talk about the Huber family and life on the farm and about the creamery."

On July 25, the focus will be on the Tate Barn, which was restored in 2001. It was built by Francis Tate — who raised cattle and horses — as an all-purpose barn. There will be horseshoing demonstrations, as well as wagon rides for visitors.

The DPR will officially introduce its historic exhibit on July 23 during an open house between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Included in the activities will be a presentation of Swiss music and a slide show on the Swiss settlement.

Huber Grove and Tate Barn are located at Wasatch Mountain State Park in Midway.

For more information call 435- 654-1791.


The week's events will begin Saturday at the park with a presentation of cowboy poetry and music in the campground amphitheater.

Saturday

7 p.m. — Cowboy poetry and song by Incahoots, campground amphitheater

Tuesday

9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Weeklong photo exhibit, Huber Grove Homestead

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Guided tours, Huber Grove Homestead

Wednesday

7:30-9:30 p.m. — Wasatch Mountain State Park Visitor Center open house and historical exhibit-opening, Swiss music and presentation on Swiss settlement in Midway

Thursday

9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Living history demonstrations, Huber Grove Homestead

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Guided tours, Huber Grove Homestead

July 25

9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Tate Barn photo exhibit, Wasatch Mountain Visitor Center; horseshoeing demonstrations, Tate Barn

8:30 p.m. — Presentation on Heber Valley mining history, visitors center

July 26

9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Living history demonstrations, Huber Grove Homestead

7 p.m. — Cowboy poetry and song program, Huber Grove Homestead


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