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Free walking tour explores Centerville history
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THE TOUR STARTS at Whitaker Museum, that was originally the home of Thomas Whitaker and his family.                                                         Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
THE TOUR STARTS at Whitaker Museum, that was originally the home of Thomas Whitaker and his family. Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper

CENTERVILLETake a stroll through Centerville City’s past. 

The Centerville City Landmarks Commission is sponsoring a free walking tour on Sept. 9 starting at 7 p.m. at the Whitaker Museum. The tour will introduce guests to a number of historic homes in the southern part of the city, offering information about the homes’ architecture and history. 

“It’s just another way for them to get involved and learn about the history of Centerville,” said Lisa Buckmiller, assistant historian of the Whitaker Museum Board and the leader of the Sept. 9 tour. 

The tour will feature several Centerville homes, all of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the homes were built as early as 1865, that was before the Utah Central Railroad reached Centerville. 

Even Whitaker Museum, where the tour will start, was originally a private residence belonging to early settler Thomas Whitaker. 

“Since the Whitaker Museum has opened up, there has been a lot more citizens involved in the city’s history,” said Buckmiller. “But I really don’t think people realize how much history the city has, especially on the south end.”

The tour is open to everyone, and should be easily accessible for people of all ages and energy levels.

“There aren’t any hills,” said Buckmiller. “If people have Jazzy Chairs, that should be no problem. If they wanted to, we could even have people follow along in their car.” 

On the tour, Buckmiller will have some free pamphlets available from the city that talk about Centerville’s historic homes. The pamphlets, that were printed thanks to a government grant, are also available at Centerville City Hall, the Centerville Public Works Building, and Whitaker Museum. 

A more detailed pamphlet, offering more history on the homes and their owners, is also available for sale at the Whitaker Museum. 

A member of the city’s landmarks commission normally hosts the tours, that normally occur about once a month.  However, scheduling difficulties and the cancellation of last month’s tour due to the weather led to Buckmiller volunteering to host. 

“Hopefully, it won’t rain this time,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of stormy Tuesdays lately.” 

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