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The Whitaker offers walking tour, spooky storytelling and Pumpkin Festival this fall

Sep 07, 2023 03:32PM ● By Linda Petersen
The Whitaker is sponsoring a Home Walking Tour of the Centerville Historic District, pictured, on Sept. 14. Courtesy image/Centerville City

The Whitaker is sponsoring a Home Walking Tour of the Centerville Historic District, pictured, on Sept. 14. Courtesy image/Centerville City

The Whitaker, Centerville’s historic museum, continues its offerings this fall.

Home Walking Tour

Are you new to Centerville and wanting to know more about the history of the town? Or maybe you’ve Lived here forever but would be interested to find out what you don’t know about Centerville? Then the Home Walking Tour of the Centerville Historic District on Thursday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. may be just what you’re looking for. 

Longtime residents and Centerville Landmarks Commission will share the histories of some of Centerville’s first homes, their architectural features and founding families in the Deuel Creek Historic District which was established due to the high concentration of historic structures in the area. Meet at the Centerville Chapel, 151 S. 200 E. for the free tour. 

If you can’t make it, the city has a walking tour of the historic district at which can be downloaded to your phone.

Haunting at the Whitaker

The Storytelling series will take a spooky but family-friendly twist in October with Haunting at the Whitaker. On Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. local families can enjoy stories and urban legends from professional storytellers Karl Behling, George McEwan and another Utah Story Guild member in the museum’s yard. This free event will include a bonfire and treats.

Pumpkin Festival 

Centerville residents should mark Oct. 23 on their calendar when the annual Pumpkin Festival will be held in the museum’s yard. The youth council and its advisers Haley Turner and Bryce King are currently working out the details, but Banbury Cross is again sponsoring the event and there will be free doughnuts for everyone. As in the past, the museum’s yard will be decorated with pumpkins carved by local residents and there will be pioneer games. Follow the city on social media and the city website for more information which should be available shortly, King said.

Located at 168 South Main, the Whitaker was purchased by the city in 1994 to house and display artifacts from throughout the city, to provide educational programming and to give local residents the opportunity to view and display the local history of the community. The Whitaker Museum building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 1996.  It was placed on the Centerville Historic Landmark Register in 1997.

The museum is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. year-round. Museum Director Lisa Linn Sommers is seeking local residents who might be willing to donate a few hours a week to serve as docents of the museum. For more information, call - 801-335-8843.