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Gardner Village, Utah

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Gardner Village is unique in our catalog of Main Streets. Not so much an historic village in its own right as much as it is a collection of historic sites brought together to one location to form a historic village. Gardner Village is named after Archibald Gardner, a Scottish immigrant and settler who came to Utah in 1847. Gardner and his family built the large West Jordan flour mill that the village is built around. The mill past down through many owners over the years until Nancy Long bought the Mill in 1979. She opened the County Furniture and Gifts store in the Mill in 1980 and Archibald's Restaurant in 1990. To develop interest in the area, an ad was placed in the paper looking for historic, buildings. With the help of her son, Joe Long and staff, Nancy set out to move multiple properties from around the area to this one location to create the village.

Today Gardner Village contains over 20 shops and several restaurants. Gardner Village is located in the city of West Jordan, Utah in Salt Lake County, Utah. Gardner Village is located about 12 miles south of Salt Lake City within the metropolitan area's suburbs. The official address for Gardner Village itself is 1100 West 7800 South, West Jordan, Utah so you can set your GPS to that. Gardner Village is also accessible by light rail and is within walking distance of the Historic Gardner Station Trax light rail station on the red line. Other Main Street areas in the state of Utah include the City of Ogden, Park City, and the 9th and 9th area in Salt Lake City.

Photo Gallery Tour

We'll start our tour of Gardner Village in the northeastern corner of the village and work our way south before circling around.  As we go, we'll talk about the history of this unique village.  If it wasn't obvious, these pictures were taken shortly before Halloween, and Gardner Village was celebrating Witchfest, its annual Halloween celebration.
We'll start our tour of Gardner Village in the northeastern corner of the village and work our way south before circling around. As we go, we'll talk about the history of this unique village. If it wasn't obvious, these pictures were taken shortly before Halloween, and Gardner Village was celebrating Witchfest, its annual Halloween celebration.
Gardner Village is a historic neighborhood in a way.  What makes it unique was that all of its structures were moved to this location in West Jordan, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.
Gardner Village is a historic neighborhood in a way. What makes it unique was that all of its structures were moved to this location in West Jordan, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.
Here we see a row of shops occupying historic structures along a brick path.  These were all relocated here from other locations, creating this unique village.
Here we see a row of shops occupying historic structures along a brick path. These were all relocated here from other locations, creating this unique village.
Adults supervise while a child enjoys a pony ride out in the beautiful fall weather.  Gardner Village is named after Archibald Gardner, a Scottish immigrant and settler who came to Utah in 1847.  Gardner and his family built the large West Jordan flour mill that the village is built around.  We'll see that in a little bit.
Adults supervise while a child enjoys a pony ride out in the beautiful fall weather. Gardner Village is named after Archibald Gardner, a Scottish immigrant and settler who came to Utah in 1847. Gardner and his family built the large West Jordan flour mill that the village is built around. We'll see that in a little bit.
You can see the area goes all out for Witchfest.  The history of the village itself starts with the Mill.  It past down through many owners over the years until Nancy Long bought the Mill in 1979.  She opened the County Furniture and Gifts store in the Mill in 1980 and Archibald's Restaurant in 1990.
You can see the area goes all out for Witchfest. The history of the village itself starts with the Mill. It past down through many owners over the years until Nancy Long bought the Mill in 1979. She opened the County Furniture and Gifts store in the Mill in 1980 and Archibald's Restaurant in 1990.
To develop interest in the area, an ad was placed in the paper looking for historic buildings.  With the help of her son, Joe Long, and staff, Nancy set out to move multiple properties from around the area to this one location to create this village.
To develop interest in the area, an ad was placed in the paper looking for historic buildings. With the help of her son, Joe Long, and staff, Nancy set out to move multiple properties from around the area to this one location to create this village.
Gardner Village is a private shopping center.  Normally we don't feature these on our site.  However, these are all historic structures that have been repurposed as shops and eateries and as you can see this village was anything but sterile.  In a little bit, we'll see some other excellent features, such as pedestrian access to mass transit.
Gardner Village is a private shopping center. Normally we don't feature these on our site. However, these are all historic structures that have been repurposed as shops and eateries and as you can see this village was anything but sterile. In a little bit, we'll see some other excellent features, such as pedestrian access to mass transit.
Lush landscaping over the area provides plenty of shade and beautiful scenery for folks strolling through the village.
Lush landscaping over the area provides plenty of shade and beautiful scenery for folks strolling through the village.
Here we see a house filled with merchandise in Gardner Village.
Here we see a house filled with merchandise in Gardner Village.
Next we have a covered bridge and some stone walls going over a small creek, which adds to the quaintness.
Next we have a covered bridge and some stone walls going over a small creek, which adds to the quaintness.
This is a view of the creek.  In the distance, we see the electrical lines for the Trax Salt Lake City light rail lines.  Also, further in the distance, we can see the Wasatch Mountain Range.
This is a view of the creek. In the distance, we see the electrical lines for the Trax Salt Lake City light rail lines. Also, further in the distance, we can see the Wasatch Mountain Range.
Across the creek are more historic structures and more shopping.
Across the creek are more historic structures and more shopping.
Next door we see more shopping across the way.
Next door we see more shopping across the way.
Up ahead, across a boardwalk, we see more historic buildings.  Thankfully many of these historic structures were carefully preserved.  And as you can see, they are all well maintained today.
Up ahead, across a boardwalk, we see more historic buildings. Thankfully many of these historic structures were carefully preserved. And as you can see, they are all well maintained today.
More historic buildings from the past repurposed into retail outlets today.
More historic buildings from the past repurposed into retail outlets today.
Here we see shoppers checking out a beauty supply store.
Here we see shoppers checking out a beauty supply store.
As we reach the southern end of the village we see this photography studio in this well-maintained house.
As we reach the southern end of the village we see this photography studio in this well-maintained house.
This is what started it all, the centerpiece of Gardner Village.  The West Jordan Flour Mill originally founded by Archibald Gardner.  This is now the site of Archibald's Restaurant and CF Home Furniture & Design.
This is what started it all, the centerpiece of Gardner Village. The West Jordan Flour Mill originally founded by Archibald Gardner. This is now the site of Archibald's Restaurant and CF Home Furniture & Design.
This is a view of the other side of the Flour Mill from 7800 South.  The main highway that runs along the south side of Gardner Village.  This was the original structure on the property before other structures were moved nearby to make up the village.
This is a view of the other side of the Flour Mill from 7800 South. The main highway that runs along the south side of Gardner Village. This was the original structure on the property before other structures were moved nearby to make up the village.
Next door is The Farm at Gardner Village where there are petting zoos and kids can ride ponies.
Next door is The Farm at Gardner Village where there are petting zoos and kids can ride ponies.
Out on 7800 South or 78th South, we see a Trax light rail red line train heading towards the Historic Gardner Station.  In the distance are the Wasatch Mountains.
Out on 7800 South or 78th South, we see a Trax light rail red line train heading towards the Historic Gardner Station. In the distance are the Wasatch Mountains.
This monument is located along 7800 South.  There were signs nearby discussing the history of the area and the Jordan River Parkway.
This monument is located along 7800 South. There were signs nearby discussing the history of the area and the Jordan River Parkway.
Here is a picture of the Historic Gardner Station on the Trax light rail red line.  It's just a short walk from Gardner Village to the station.
Here is a picture of the Historic Gardner Station on the Trax light rail red line. It's just a short walk from Gardner Village to the station.
We head back into Gardner Village and continue to circle back around the village.  We have been making a clockwise path through the village.
We head back into Gardner Village and continue to circle back around the village. We have been making a clockwise path through the village.
More shops in well preserved, historic structures.
More shops in well preserved, historic structures.
This house was built in 1889 and didn't even have an indoor bathroom or heat except for a coal stove until 1958.  Thankfully the house is now preserved here.
This house was built in 1889 and didn't even have an indoor bathroom or heat except for a coal stove until 1958. Thankfully the house is now preserved here.
More businesses in well preserved historic buildings.
More businesses in well preserved historic buildings.
Here we see the Gardner Village water tower.  Did we mention it was Witchfest?  In the background, you can see the public restrooms.  Also picnic tables are available as there are places to eat around here.  Notice the water tower shows Gardner Village was established in 1853.
Here we see the Gardner Village water tower. Did we mention it was Witchfest? In the background, you can see the public restrooms. Also picnic tables are available as there are places to eat around here. Notice the water tower shows Gardner Village was established in 1853.
A bakery and cafe in a charming bungalow.
A bakery and cafe in a charming bungalow.
More shops in historic repurposed structures.
More shops in historic repurposed structures.
A large barn is now a home furnishings and design center.
A large barn is now a home furnishings and design center.
One last stop before we conclude our tour.  It looks small from this angle, but is actually much larger on the inside.  This is a center for holding weddings, events, or, well, gatherings.
One last stop before we conclude our tour. It looks small from this angle, but is actually much larger on the inside. This is a center for holding weddings, events, or, well, gatherings.

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