Consisting of two homes, a wooden barn, and a rock granary, the farmstead of Nathan Tanner Porter and his two wives significantly contributes to the historic character of Centerville city and Davis County. Though the farmstead was used well in to the 20th century, it had fallen into a state of disrepair. In 2005 as the City tried to decide what to do with the property, the Historic Porter Farm, LLC was formed as a means to purchase the property and restore it for residential use. Saved from the wrecking ball and from being replaced by high-density housing, the Porter Farm would undergo a two-year restoration.
Rebecca's house -the older of the two homes was built for Nathan's first wife. Dating back to 1860, this brick faced adobe building was restored to its nearly original appearance. The roof was structurally reinforced and the interior was reconfigured into two rooms and a full bathroom.
Eliza's house, a red brick Victorian Eclectic home, was built in 1890. This home once had 12-foot ceilings, which had been lowered to make room for a second story, but were restored to the original height during the renovation. Modern skylights and vinyl flooring were removed and the formerly enclosed East Porch was exposed and restored to match the exterior of the home.
The Granary, although structurally sound, was overgrown and the roof was starting to sag. After reinforcing the roof, and removing the overgrowth, back to use.
Thanks to new ownership that recognized the historic and economic value of restoration of the Porter Farmstead, this complex of 19th century buildings in Centerville will be a home to new generations for many decades to come.