We accidentally found a new historical adventure in South Jordan today. We were driving to the Jordan River Temple and noticed a brown sign which always stands for recreation. The sign said Holt Farmstead Park.
We drove down to the park and were pleasantly surprised. Holt Farmstead (we’ve never heard of a “farmstead either!) is a farm that includes several buildings and a home that was built around the turn of the century. There are interpretive signs and really nice restrooms, as well as a pavilion and a large grassy area.
You can open most of the buildings and look inside. There is a granary, a wood shed, a sheep shelter with mangers, and an old outhouse. The home still stands amid fruit and horse chestnut trees, but you currently can’t go inside. (It did look like some construction was going on.) The signs give information on the buildings and the property as well as telling the story of the Holt family.
West of the home, there is a large field as well as a water wheel and a pavilion. Our boys loved spinning the water wheel and we walked over to check out the pavilion which has a fire pit and lots of tables. The Jordan River is at the far edge of the property, but there is a fence to keep little ones safe. There are information signs over in this section of the park, too.
There is no play equipment at this park, but it would be a great place for a picnic and short history lesson– particularly on Pioneer Day.
If your kids like history (or if you’d like them to like history) try the Holt Farmstead. It is located on Holt Farm Lane in South Jordan. Take 10400 S exit off I-15 and head west. Turn north onto 1300 W and take first right onto Holt Farm Lane. The park is the first thing you’ll see as you enter the subdivision.