635 N Main
Cedar City, Ut 84721
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum presents the pioneer history of Cedar City, Iron County and southwest Utah in a dynamic and engaging environment. Lack of iron was a major concern to pioneers who began settling Utah in 1847. When iron ore was discovered in southern Utah, Mormon leader Brigham Young called for volunteers to colonize the Cedar City area in 1851. Ten months later, the colony completed a blast furnace and began to operate an iron foundry. Despite its initial success, the Iron Mission faced many difficulties and ultimately closed in 1858. The history of this effort eventually led to the establishment of the Frontier Homestead State Park in 1973.
The Frontier Homestead houses the Gronway Parry horse-drawn wagon collection. The rare collection of wagons, buggies, sleighs and stagecoaches offers visitors a glimpse into frontier travel. Visitors will be able to see a bullet-scarred stagecoach, a replica Wells-Fargo Overland Stage, a classically luxurious Brougham, and a coach owned by Joseph F. Smith, former leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You will find carriages, surreys, horse-drawn farm machinery, a hearse, and even a “one horse open sleigh.”
Visitors to Frontier Homestead can also experience life in a pioneer cabin, printing on a 19th century press, rug weaving on a 100-year old loom, hear the original 1850’s Cedar City town bell, and many other hands on activities. Special programs include backroom curation tours, a Junior Curator kit for children, rotating art exhibits, and over 20 video presentations covering the history and natural wonders of Utah and the American Southwest.
An HO scale model railroad layout of early Cedar City details the importance the local community places on tourism. The Utah Parks Company (1923-1973) brought thousands of tourists through Cedar City, and then on to the majestic National Parks of the area. Frontier Homestead exhibits many of the artifacts of the Utah Parks Company and has over 100 employee histories available for public view.
Each November, Frontier Homestead State Park Museum celebrates the founding of Cedar City with the Iron Mission Days festival. Pioneer crafts and treats are available at the Museum’s Community Night held during this time. Special programs, school presentations, and guided walks of Cedar City’s Main Street are also held during this exciting festival.
In partnership with the Iron County Historical Society, Frontier Homestead hosts a variety of evening lectures addressing local and Utah history, and prominent events and individuals in the history of the American West. A current schedule of events can be obtained at the front desk or by writing or calling the museum.
For the adventurous, travel just 20 miles west of Cedar City and experience authentic historic ruins of a 19th century iron foundry at Old Iron Town, but be sure to stop by the museum first for a brochure and directions.
The Museum is open year-round with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years and is located at 635 North Main in Cedar City (next to the Iron County Visitors Center).
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