Samuel Holt bought this 52-acre homestead in 1907 for the sum of $3,500 and built a home for his wife and their 12 children. It might not look like its possible, but this home was built with 10 bedrooms to accommodate Holt's large family.
Mable Nelson, known to most as Aunt Mame, was the driving force behind this preservation project. A direct descendant of Samuel Holt and a longtime resident of the farmstead, she urged her family to preserve the area and save it for future generations as a gathering place. Before her death in 2005, she was continually holding family reunions and community gatherings. She made all her guests feel at home, even giving them a bag of popcorn upon arrival.
South Jordan City leaders, the Newbold family, and many governmental agencies have worked for over four years to make this preservation project a reality. Several outbuildings on the farmstead were rehabilitated including the garage, chicken coop, buggy shed, granary, coal shed, and milk house, but the biggest project was the renovations to the Victorian style house.
Plans to develop a subdivision inspired by the historic house are in the works, but with the preservation of this piece of history the City of South Jordan knows that this home will be the inspiration behind future development in the area and a reminder of their community heritage for many years to come.
Utah Heritage Foundation presented the City of South Jordan with a Heritage Award for the Rehabilitation of the Samuel E. Holt Farmstead.
General Contractor: McCullough Engineering & Contracting