The Beehive House is just east of Temple Square at the corner of State Street and South Temple in Salt Lake City. This is the home that Brigham Young dwelt in with his large family. Later, his son added on to the house, so it is quite large. Sister missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints take you through on a tour of the house. You learn interesting facts about Brigham Young as the governor of Utah, as well as information about him as the prophet of the LDS church.
Some of the walls are painted to look like other types of wood, like the Tabernacle on Temple Square. But they have gone to great lengths to make things look how they did during the time of Brigham Young. One of his wives kept swatches of the curtains, so they have matched them very closely. Brigham Young’s original hat and cane lay on one of the beds.
Many pioneer homes are humble with few rooms, but this house is truly the Governor’s mansion. I was surprised to see all of the fancy carpets and furniture. This was a major stopping place during the time of Brigham Young since there wasn’t much between Utah and San Francisco, so everyone wanted a meeting with Brigham Young. Utah wasn’t a state, just a territory when Brigham Young was governor.
Look for bees and beehives throughout the house. They are carved into a lot of the woodwork, and of course you’ll see the beehive on top of the house outside.
This tour is free. The Beehive House is open every day from 9:30 am – 8:30 pm and tours start every 15 minutes. If you’re hungry, the Lion House Pantry is right next door where you can grab a treat or eat a meal. We stopped and had some ice cream and brownies, and lots of water!
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