Silver Reef Museum hosts unique home tour

The Dalton House in the Leeds/Silver Reef area is part of a unique home tour to benefit the Silver Reef Museum, Leeds, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of the Silver Reef Museum, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The Silver Reef Museum is hosting a unique home tour to benefit museum operations. Four unique homes in the picturesque Leeds and Silver Reef area will be open to visit from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

The tour provides an opportunity to look inside four different homes some from the past and some from today said LoAnne Barnes, one of the event organizers.

The old Mormon Tithing House is part of a unique home tour in Leeds, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Silver Reef Museum, St. George News
The old Mormon Tithing House is part of a unique home tour in Leeds, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Silver Reef Museum, St. George News
One of the homes is a pioneer era stone house. It was built by Willard G. McMullin & Sons between 1878 and 1881 on Leeds’ Main Street. It began as a one-room home and over the years B.Y. McMullin and his wife, Ada added four more rooms surrounded by rock walls.  The home was called the Mormon Hotel as many church authorities from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visiting Southern Utah would stay at the  B.Y. McMullin home. The rock walls are 18 inches thick and some ceilings are nine feet high. It is said that Butch Cassidy once slept in this home.

Another home on the tour is the original Mormon Tithing House. It was also built by Willard G. McMullin & Sons in about 1891. The house has been restored as a residence by Ken and Patricia Hadley.  Pat lived in the house as a child while her father was an instructor at the Leeds Civilian Conservation Corps camp.

The third home, in Silver Reef, was built by the owners themselves. The home is built in the second Empire French style. It was designed and built to look old and original. There is a 1924 Buick in the family room.

The fourth home, in El Dorado Hills, reflects the owners’ interests: cowboys, Indians, and hunting. Two horses share the five acre property, which has spectacular views of the Hurricane Valley and surrounding area.   The great room contains a buffalo hide painted by a Blackfoot Indian artist depicting the story of a raiding party. Hunting trophies and western art, much of it horse related, have been collected by the owners.

Tickets for the home tour are $25 and include four admissions to the Silver Reef Museum. A portion of the admission price is tax deductible.

Reservations are required and can be made  by contacting the Silver Reef Museum at 435-879-2254 or email: museum@silverreef.org.

Guests on the home tour will meet at 1 p.m. at the Cosmopolitan building of the Silver Reef Museum, 1903 Wells Fargo Road, Leeds. Maps to the homes will be available.

Event details
  • What: Silver Reef/Leeds Home Tour Fundraiser
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 12, 1-4 p.m.
  • Where: Meet at Cosmopolitan building of Silver Reef Museum, 1903 Wells Fargo Road, Leeds
  • Cost: $25; includes admission for four to the Silver Reef Museum
  • Reservations: Telephone: 435-879-2254 | Email: museum@silverreef.org

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