Utah March 16, 2016
The Story Behind Utah’s Most Haunted House Will Give You Nightmares
There are many purportedly haunted houses across the state, but none with as many ghosts as the Brigham Young Forest Farmhouse at This is the Place Heritage Park.
Brigham Young’s farmhouse was originally built in 1863, at Ashton Avenue, near 7th East and 2300 S. It was moved to This is the Place Heritage Park in 1975.
Brigham Young himself was reportedly seen at the farmhouse while it was at its original location. The Wilcox family, who owned the home and restored it, claims to have had several conversations with him. Brigham never lived in the home, though it was supposedly one of his favorite places to visit. He’s also been sighted at the new location, often seen walking with a cane or standing and smiling at visitors and guides.
John Young, one of Brigham’s sons, may have also been seen at the farmhouse before it was moved. The previous owners restored the home and threw an open house to celebrate the completion of the project. A young man, dressed in clothing from the late 1800s came up to the couple and spoke to them at length, expressing his delight at the renovation. The couple took a photo with the young man, but when it was developed, there was an empty space between them where he had stood for the picture.
Ann Eliza Webb was Brigham Young’s 19th wife. She lived in the farmhouse for awhile and acted as a hostess on several occasions. Ann Eliza did not like the life of polygamy. She eventually divorced Brigham and wrote a book, “#19: The Story of a Life in Bondage.” She’s a frequent presence in the house and has been seen by visitors and tour guides in places throughout the home.
The kindly ghost of Lucy Ann Decker, Brigham’s second wife, has been seen in the house, as well. She’s often seen in the kitchen, tending to the stove or looking out the window. The delicious smell of food cooking usually accompanies the sightings of Lucy.
Visitors and staff often hear the noise of children running in the upstairs ballroom, which was commonly used for children’s parties. One evening when the park was closed, a guide was locking up and heard children’s singing, laughter and footsteps from the second floor. When he went to investigate, no one was there. As he returned to the main level, the noise started again. Children’s laughter and running is also heard on the wraparound porch.
Along with the physical apparitions, both visitors and tour guides report objects moving, doorknobs rattling and footsteps in rooms unoccupied by people (living people, at least).
This is the Place Heritage Park is located at 2601 E. Sunnyside Avenue in Salt Lake City. Have you visited the farmhouse?