This summer, both St. George residents and visitors can meet Brigham Young, Erastus Snow, Orson Pratt, Jacob Hamblin, Judge John Menzies Macfarlane, and a pioneer woman as part of the Historic St. George Live tours. Through August 31, (excluding July 24), guests will meet the pioneer settlers in historic buildings around town. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., the tours will be given at the art museum at the Pioneer Center for the Arts, located at 47 E 200 N, across the street from the post office.
The first-person reenactment is in its 19th year of entertaining and informing guests about early St. George history. In period costumes, the actors, tour guides, bus drivers, and day captains take visitors back to 1870 with historic facts and artifacts such as a replica odometer that pioneers used to count the miles on the wheels of their wagons. At the Pioneer Courthouse, visitors will witness a trial for someone misusing a water turn, showing the importance of irrigation. The St. George Tabernacle, the Pioneer Opera House, Brigham Young’s Winter Home, and the Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum are all included on the tour. Buses are provided between sites.
In past years, the tours have catered to family and class reunions, Scout troops, neighborhoods, churches, civic clubs, businesses, bus tours, and others.
Tickets can be purchased at the St. George Art Museum. They are $3 for ages 12 and up. Children 11 and under are admitted free with an adult. More information is available by calling (435) 627-4525.