We are interested in a piece of land with
year-round access, access to undeveloped public lands, and with a
rural "feel" flowing water is a plus.
We are currently negociating for a
30 acre parcel in Blacksmith fork's canyon outside of Hyrum,Utah in the
southern area of Cache County. The Blacksmith fork river flows along the
north side of the site. We have looked at one other site but it didn't work
out. This site is divided into a fifteen acre site for buildings and an
additional 15 acres of timber and meadows for adventuring. The surrounding
land amounting to several hundred acres is being placed by it's owner into a
wildlife conservation district and will never be built on. About seven acres
of the building site with most of the buildings is on an alluvial fan with a
gentle slope the remainder is rather level and about 3-5 feet above the high
water mark of the river. When finished we will have over 30 buildings
recreating an Anglo-Scottish village and Manor from the 13th-14th centuries
as an open air museum of medieval life.
Once we have come to an agreement with the landowner we will seek the
approval of Cache County. The land is currently in a recreation zone so we will
request a special living history zone. Since a special zone was created for
the American West Heritage Center near Wellsville we hope the pattern has
been set to create a protective zone for the project.
If you would like to become a part owner of Somerville Manor click
Three of the first four buildings will be clustered to form a medieval farm
on the outskirts of the village proper. This farmstead will provide programs
to small groups, such as Schools, family reunions, Boy Scouts and church
groups. As well as historic re-enactment clubs. This first cluster shows on
the large overview as Camp 1.
The fourth building and the first built is a public guarderobe with a small
gift shop, with the gift shop being expanded later. To prevent pollution in
the Blacksmith fork river and to provide a "greener" business profile we
plan to use waterless composting toilets such as the type used in national
parks such as Mount Rainier. This facility will handle an average of 200 uses
The small museum classroom cottage will have displays of medieval artifacts
and will show short films about the middle ages to small groups.
St. Andrews Kirk will provide a look at the life of the medieval
clergy, it will also provide Medieval weddings, wedding receptions,
a geneology room to look up your medieval ancestors, a
scriptorium, and a classroom.
The Scottish Cruck house will be a museum building demonstrating
village apothacary will be a museum cottage to demonstrate
medieval herb gardens, and medieval medicaal skills and
The village Tithing Barn will house village livestock with
instruction on the care of animals during the middle ages.
village ale house with a small summer porch will not serve
alcohol, but soft drinks and medieval finger foods a place to
learn a medieval table game while sipping a rootbeer or cream
ale and eating an apple pye.
life for the average poor farmer with a few animals
The Small Tudor hall will be a museum building demonstrating life in
the late medieval period
The Potter's shop will have both indoor and outdoor demonstration
areas, as well as a medieval potters shop for the display and sale
of finished items. Classes on handthrowwing on a medieval wheel will
also be available.
village carpenter's shop will demonstrate medieval wood working
tools and skills with both an outdoor and indoor work area.
Blacksmyth's shop will have a covered outside demonstration area for
instruction of how metal was formed and shaped into useful items
during the middle ages.
or's tower house and greathall will have medieval museum displays of
life for the nobility and the greathall will offer medieval feasts for
groups by reservation. There will also be two medieval B&B rooms for
over night stays
The Guild hall will be available for family reunions to rent as a
place to visit and gather while they are at Somerville manor for their