temple_In Little Denmark, the influence of Scandinavian pioneers sent by Brigham Young to settle the area surrounds you.  Masterful Scandinavian woodworking and stained glass skills are reflected in many of the marvelous local bed and breakfast inns. Festivals such as the Scandinavian Festival In Ephraim and the Mormon Miracle Pageant at the Mormon Temple in Manti offer a rich local flavor.  Artisan studios and gift shops are waiting for your visit to downtowns filled with buildings listed on the National Historic Register. 


Fairview     Mt. Pleasant    Spring City    Fountain Green    Moroni    Ephraim
Manti    Sterling    Mayfield    Gunnison    Centerfield
Sanpete County

Fairview 84627

Founded in 1859 as North Bend as a site for gathering wild hay, the town was later renamed Fairview because you could see fields of grain for 30 miles.  Fairview once had a stone fort with 10-foot walls to protect the settlers from Indians.

The Claysmiths
(16 East 100 South: 435-427-9307)


Dave and Jenni Smith create aesthetically pleasing utilitarian pottery, blacksmithing, candles, soaps and more in traditional fashion. Stop and meet these outstanding artisans whose studio is located in the historic Fairview Dairy Association building

Fairview Museum of History and Art
(85 North 100 East: 435-427-9216)

Our historic building is a museum of diverse collections including historic artifacts, folk art, Avard Fairbanks sculptures, Wassmer collection of paintings and sculptures, regional artists, Columbian mammoth, native cultures, family and regional histories and a unique gift shop. Our Blackhawk Indian War exhibit is a heritage delight and we offer a booklet with which you can take your own trip to this historic event's important sites

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Mt. Pleasant 84647

Originally settled in 1852 as Hambleton Settlement, Indians drove the original settlers from the town and burned the community to the ground.  Mt. Pleasant's settlers were largely Scandinavian and British.

Peel Furniture Works
(565 West Main Street: 435-462-2887) peelfurn@burgoyne.com

Using traditional skills and construction methods with native lumber, we produce heirloom quality copies of "Mormon Pine Furniture.  Our shop is open Monday-Saturday. The curious and the serious buyer are both welcome and we offer tours. We also offer a selection of gift items including hand turned rolling pins and hand carved spoons.


Native Wines
(72 South 500 West: 435-462-9281)

Native Wines is a heritage, estate and wild fruit winery specializing in premium barrel fermented, unsulphited, unfiltered fruit wines and meads made as the pioneers did over 100 years ago.  Native Wines operates a tasting and retail sales room in a quaint old stone building.  Open every Saturday and by appointment. 


Paul Hart-Violin Maker
(36 West Main: 435-462-0301)

Last year, Paul Hart moved his violin making business from the big city into a restored turn-of-the-century pharmacy located in Mt. Pleasant's Historic District.  He couldn't be happier and welcomes visitors to drop in and see a century-old craft being practiced along Utah's Heritage Highway.


Sanpete County Heritage Highway Information Center
(South Highway 89 at the City Park: 435-462-2502)

For more than two decades, local residents have worked to preserve this 1890's Denver and Rio Grande Railroad depot and it is finally ready for guests.  Stop here to tour the depot and pick up information on Sanpete County and the entire Utah Heritage Highway.  You are also invited to our bluegrass and country music festivals, chuck wagon dinners under the stars and our first Mountain Man Rendezvous on Independence Day weekend.


Horseshoe Mountain Restaurant
(850 S. Highway 89: 435-462-9330)

Heritage surrounds you from the moment you sit down. From the carefully recreated Scandinavian woodwork to buffets every Wednesday offering ethnic specialties often reflecting the local heritage, you are in for a treat.  You may also choose a fantastic Chuck wagon tour where you can explore the breathtaking scenery the Sanpete Valley and sit down to a mouthwatering meal of BBQ ribs with all the fixin's.


Mt. Pleasant Pioneer Relic Home
(100 South State Street: 435-462-2456) Call ahead and we will meet you there

Come see our collection of portraits, pictures and artifacts depicting the history of Mt. Pleasant.  We are housed in the home of Mt. Pleasant's first mayor.


Little Denmark Heritage Tours (435-462-2502)

Sanpete County has a rich history to share with its heritage guests.  Call us today for our "Getting Together With Yesterday", a lovely book with illustrations and background information of our many historic buildings.  Order a copy of our county's historic driving tour on cassette.  We have also produced two award-winning videos, "The Blackhawk War- Cultures in Conflict" and "History at Manti Temple Hill." 


Morning Mist Jewlery
(22 West Main: 435-462-3783)

Lynn Cimino-Hurt's tiny studio in Mt. Pleasant's Historic District will be a delightful discovery for anyone interested in unique, high quality jewelry.  Lynn's strong arts background is evident in each and every treasure you will find.


Tucker's Emporium
(30 West Main Street: 435-462-3288)

One of several shops and studios located in the Mt. Pleasant historic district, Tucker's Emporium represents the best of rural ingenuity.  Lois Tucker has dedicated the front of her turn-of-the-century store as an outlet for local artisans while selling western and children's clothing in the rear.


Papworth Studio Gallery
(122 North 100 West: 435-462-0259)

Dennis Papworth attended the Chownard Art Institute and has been a professional artist for the past fifteen years.  Stop by his studio to see his paintings and soapstone carvings.


Heart of Utah
(146 W. Main: 435-462-2644)

What better place to shop of that antique treasure than in the middle of Mt. Pleasant's famous historic district!


Wasatch Academy
(200 West 100 South: 435-462-2411 Ext. 10 or 22)

The wonderful Danish architecture and stained glass windows are worth the trip alone.  Originally a Presbyterian boarding school, this historic campus has a marvelous small museum and a collection of Ansel Adams photographs.


Countryside Crafts
(152 West Main Street: 435-462-3880)

Located in two turn-of-the-century buildings on the Mt. Pleasant Historic Main Street, we offer crafts made by Utah crafters.  We also carry fabrics, quilts and a quilting machine.  We frame pictures and have a large selection of craft materials.

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Spring City

Known at various times as Allred Settlement, Spring Town and Little Denmark, Spring City is the second oldest community in Sanpete County.  Renowned for it's many architecturally significant historic buildings, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 1894 Osborne Hotel
(216 S. Main St.: 720-284-2314 or 435-462-9338)

The 1894 Osborne Hotel, a bed and breakfast, is listed on the national register in the quaint historic district of Spring City. We provide a peaceful, rural retreat, with homelike hospitality while our guests explore the natural beauties, wonders, and attractions of Sanpete valley. Complimentary bikes are offered to guests (or rental to others) for the mountains or a leisurely tour of the town's 50 plus historical sites. A small gift shop, with crafts, vintage and lavender products is also on the premises.

Horseshoe Mountain Pottery
(278 S. Main Street: 435-462-2708) joe.the.potter@rocketmail.com


Hand thrown, wood fired stoneware pottery that is intended for the home and kitchen! The shop is always open. If you are lucky or call ahead, you may catch Joseph at the potter's wheel. Call or write for a free newsletter with local events and news of the pottery. Also check our website for sale dates and updated news.

The Garden Bed & Breakfast Inn
(11650 Canal Canyon Road: 435-462-9285 or toll free 1-877-537-2337)

This Bed & Breakfast is located on ancient Indian hunting grounds where the deer still play! Take a hike to the mountain or relax in the hammock as you enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature. After a day of touring, snuggle up in our comfy beds while watching a favorite movie!

Wind Walker Guest Ranch
(11550 Pigeon Hollow Rd: 435-462-0282 or 888-606-9463)

When you come to Wind Walker you step back into a magical time. The feel is serene isolation. yet there are some great shops and golf courses within a few miles of the ranch. We are a ranch with horses and cowboys, nature and dirt roads, miles and miles of incredible views, community, great food and laughter. Then on the other hand we have many things to pamper you like jetted tubs, luxurious rooms, massages, cookies and bath salts. Wind Walker is the perfect place for individuals, families friends, group meetings, retreats and workshops.

Allred Station Art Gallery
(490 North Main, P.O. Box 163:

Allred is well known for his excellence in watercolor artwork. His paintings are in high demand and are in many universities and museums throughout the Western United States. Recently he took the time to restore his father in law's old gas station as an art gallery to house the artwork that he and his sons produce. However his gallery is only open by appointment

Lee Udall Bennion - Artist

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Fountain Green 84632

Originally a campground for Mormon colonists immigrating to the Sanpete Valley, the town was settled in 1859.  Big Springs, Silver Creek and large artesian wells all help justify the town's name.  Fountain Green has long been a local center of agriculture and historically was famous for its cooperatively owned Spanish Merino sheep herd.

Norbest Birch Creek Bluegrass Festival
(74 S. State Street:435-445-3378) birchcreek@DNCRS.com

Utah's only bluegrass festival featuring 13 bands over a 2-day period.  Camping available on site featuring Norbest turkey barbeque, activities for kids and musical workshops.  Nigh time jams and more.

Hansen Family Ranch
(685 W. 200 N: 866-211-4691)

Experience ranch style living in the great outdoors with this working sheep operation that changes locations in Central Utah's mountains, deserts and valleys. Sleeping accommodations, meals, and horses included.

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Moroni 84646

Originally known as Mego and Sanpitch, names of local Native Americans, the town was established in 1859 and renamed Moroni for the Book of Mormon prophet and angel. Moroni is also home to Moroni Feed Company, one of the world's most successful turkey cooperatives.

Moroni Feed Company
(16700 North 2650 East: 435-436-8191)

Turkey ranching continues to be an important part of Little Denmark.  People worldwide recognize the Norbest turkey label, but few know that most of the Norbest turkeys are from Sanpete County.  Take a side trip to their processing plant and buy your own bird from their outlet.

Moroni Feed Chevron
(416 E. Main: 435-436-8251)

You may also want to stop by the Moroni Feed Company's diner on Main Street where you can try a local tradition, a Sanpete barbecued turkey sandwich.....or your tastes may lean to a turkey pizza.

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Ephraim 84627

Settled in 1854, Ephraim was once Sanpete County's most important fort built for protection from Indians during the Black Hawk War.  At one time, 90% of the population was Danish.  Ephraim is the home of historic Snow College and a wonderfully restored Mormon cooperative mercantile.

Sanpete Sampler
(96 Main Street: 435-283-6654)

Located in a meticulously restored Zion Cooperative Mercantile Association store, more than eighty artisans participate in their own cooperative and proudly display their wares.



The Store House
(69 North Main Street: 435-283-5157)

The Bishop's Storehouse, originally founded in 1906, served as a place settlers could find the necessities of life.  Reestablished in 1996, the Store House brings you fine gifts, floral, furniture and all you need for home decorating.  We hope these "necessities" bring you pleasure for years to come.


Central Utah Art Center
(86 North Main Street: 435-283-5110)

Once a granary, this classic limestone building now houses an impressive collection of Utah art with many works by local artists of Danish heritage.  Don't miss the chance to stop, admire an architectural masterpiece and buy your own piece of heritage art.


Ephraim Homestead Bed and Breakfast
(135 West 100 North: 435-283-6367)

Like smoke rising from an old brick chimney against a frosty sky, a stay at the old Ephraim Homestead Bed and Breakfast warms the soul. Come, live in the past.


McKay Andreasen Crafts
(135 West 100 North: 435-283-6367) Contact at Ephraim Homestead Bed and Breakfast.

Ephraim crafter McKay Andreasen creates unique and rustic, one-of-a-kind items using old barn wood, old windows and tree limbs. Don't miss his window mirrors, Christmas ornaments, walking sticks and wooden loaves of bread.


Kathleen Peterson Studio
(123 North 460 East: 435-283-4195) 6petes@sisna.com; dreamsint.com/~kathy

(East at Ephraim's stoplight 4 blocks to cul-de-sac on the north side of the road) Kathy is primarily a plain air painter using local landscape and architecture.  She paints with watercolor, oils, pastels, acrylics and batik!  Visitors are welcome to drop in the studio/gallery anytime.


Ephraim Pioneer Memorial Park
(46 West 100 North: 435-283-6835)

A cultural totem pole marks the entrance to the Ephraim Pioneer Memorial Park.  Across the "city creek" which as provided life-giving water for Ephraim, are two pioneer cabins and a historic "relic" house as well as a famous peace treaty-signing site.   Local historian-storyteller Susannah Nilsson will provide stories and a tour of these sites by appointment only.


Geaneen Blauer Dried Floral Arrangements
(295 North 300 East: 435-283-4588)

Geaneen raises her own flowers and herbs to create breathtaking dried floral arrangements.  If you call ahead, she will be happy to demonstrate how she makes an arrangement and take your order if you desire.  If you miss her, Geaneen's arrangements can be seen in Ephraim at the Storehouse or the Sanpete Sampler.


Pherson House Bed & Breakfast
(244 South Main: 435-283-8286)

Elegant Victorian house built by Willard Pherson in 1895.  Furnished with antiques and reproductions to give you the feeling of yesteryear but the comfort of today.  Three dormered bedrooms upstairs and one down. With your stay you will enjoy a full home cooked breakfast. Reasonably priced from $65. a night. 

Owners Teri & Glen Morris



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Manti 84642

Settled in 1849, Manti is the oldest community in Sanpete County and was established by Brigham Young at the invitation of Chief Walkara. The community is named after a location in the Book of Mormon and is the site of the Manti Temple, built from local stone between 1877 and 1888.


Website: www.restoremanti.org  
Donate to the restoration fund here.

Manti's Old Town Hall

Construction on Manti's Historic City Hall was begun in 1875. The early pioneer ethics of only paying for what they could afford affected the completion of the building. The first usable room was finished in 1882 and housed the Manti City Council. The rest of the building was finished as they could afford it. It was used as the Manti city offices until 1986. It then stood idle until June 2002 when a community group joined forces to restore it. The restoration was financed with donations and grants and the work was done with over 4,400 hours of volunteer labor. It is listed on the National Historic Register.

Church of Jesus Christ-Latter Day Saints Mormon Temple

Located at the north entrance to Manti overlooking the community, the temple is the dominant architectural wonder of Little Denmark.  The visitor center is staffed with trained volunteers who will share the story of the Mormons and the temple.  Each spring the site hosts the Mormon Miracle Pageant, which draws tens of thousands to this lovely farming town.


Legacy Inn Bed & Breakfast & Gift Shop
(337 North 100 East: 435-835-8352)


The Legacy Inn is a charming Victorian-style bed and breakfast with a fantastic view of the Manti Temple.  Brass beds, featherbeds, wood stoves, antique stained glass . Our gift shop is bursting with treasures sure to please.

S.R. Johnson-Knife maker
(202 East 200 North, (Mail: P.O. Box 5, 84642): 435-835-7941)

Steve Johnson's hunting, boot and fighting knives have won national and international awards for the past twenty-five years. Since knife making is a time consuming process and he works almost exclusively on custom orders, it is hard to tell what Steve will be crafting if you stop by to see him. However, guests are welcome if you call ahead.

Patton House
(300 North 100 West)

This old rock home was built by one of Manti's early Mormon leaders and houses a collection of pioneer artifacts.


Heritage House
(498 North 400 West: 435-835-5050)

Guests enjoy Little Denmark's relaxed rural lifestyle in a library full of turn-of-the-century books and magazines in this recreated Victorian home.

The Yardley Inn
(190 South 200 West: 1-800-858-6634)

This 1890s Victorian home combines the best of yesterday with the comforts of today.  Make room on your schedule to experience one of our "romance weekends" as you join us for your role in our specially written gothic romance.  Don't miss our specialty vinegars and aprons for sale in our breakfast area.


Nancy Barnett Porcelain Dolls & Crafts
(65 North 500 West: 435-835-8481)

Nancy crafts lovely porcelain dolls, ceramics and wood items.  If you call after 6 PM on most evenings, she will show you her work.  If you miss Nancy, you can see her work at Country Cousins on Main Street in Manti or Country Keepsakes in Salina.


Country Cousins Gift Shop
(27 North Main Street: 435-835-4438)

Located right along the Main drag in Little Denmark's capitol city, Country Cousins Gift Shop is home to the work of several outstanding local crafters


Manti House Inn
(401 North Main Street: 435-835-0161)

This historic inn was built of local stone in 1880 and housed workers constructing the Manti Mormon Temple just across the street.  Often the resting place for presidents of the Mormon Church, this is truly a heritage treat.

Antiques Etc.
(58 N. Main Street: 435-835-1122)

You will be surprised at the quality of antiques collected for your enjoyment in this historic little store.


Peddling Backwards Antiques
(542 South Main Street: 435-835-8853)

....and more antique treasures waiting to be discovered....by you!

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Sterling 84655

Named for the "sterling" qualities of its people, this tiny town was settled in 1873. At various times, the town was known as Pettyville, Pettytown, Leesburg and Buncetown.

Cedar Crest Inn
(819 E. Palisade Road: 435-853-5413)

Located on a knoll above a lake constructed by settlers to irrigate the surrounding fields, Cedar Crest has been a pioneer resort since the late 1800s.

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Mayfield 84643

First called Arrapene in honor of a friendly Ute chief, the town was known at various times as New London, Order, Cobblehaven, Skinny, Skunk and Frog Hollow.  The name Mayfield was chosen because of the flowers which appear in the spring.

Gill's Old Bonnet Factory Café
(555 N. State Street: 435-528-3663)

Just five minutes off U.S. Highway 99, it's worth the trip to just find out if they really did make bonnets in this little farming community.  The chance to top your trip off with a home cooked meal in a small town café from a bygone era makes this a worthy heritage adventure.

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Gunnison 84634

Gunnison was established in 1862 when Brigham Young ordered settlers from Chalk Hill Point and Kearns Camp to form a single community on higher ground. The town was named for Captain John Gunnison, an explorer who was killed by local Indians in 1853.

Elma and Melroy Peterson Rag Rugs - Gunnison Plumbing and Heating
(20 South Main: 435-528-7773)

The wonderful loomed rag rugs created by Elma and Melroy Peterson are one of those folk art finds which make your trip down the Utah Heritage Highway especially worthwhile.  Their work is on display at their son's plumbing shop in downtown Gunnison.

The Gift Finder Cottage
(145 North Main Street: 435-528-7722)

This is truly a classy little gift shop with all kinds of top-notch craft items.  The white chocolate popcorn alone is worth the stop.

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Centerfield 84622

Originally known as "The Field", squatters settled there from Gunnison in 1869.  In 1996, the town was formally organized and named Centerfield because of its central location in the Gunnison Valley.

Sunshine Ceramics
(255 East 100 South: 435-528-3834)

We operate our family owned business in our home and welcome guests on Tuesday evenings from 7-10 PM and on Thursdays from 3-10 PM.  We do all of the ceramic processes ourselves.  Our products are featured in gift shops throughout the region.

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This page last updated on Friday, August 04, 2006