Archibald's Restaurant. Gardner
Village celebrates 35 years in business this May.
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It all began with a flour mill…
The story of Gardner Village begins with a determined, industrious man named Archibald Gardner. Born in Scotland in 1814, he migrated to Canada, and then the United States when he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). He was in the original group of Mormon pioneers who came to Utah and settled Salt Lake City in 1847.
The original mill was sold, and a larger mill was built in its place in 1877. That mill is still standing today, and is known as Archibald’s Restaurant and CF Home.
Archibald Gardner also developed the nearby West Jordan canal and other irrigation canals in the area. Gardner was issued the first commercial water rights in Utah.
Transformation from historical mill to a charming shop and restaurant…
After passing through different owners, the mill and surrounding area eventually became vacant. In 1979, Nancy Long bought the run-down mill with hopes of renovating this historical building and turning it into a house. Instead, she converted it into a furniture store in May of 1980, Country Furniture & Gifts, and added Archibald’s Restaurant 10 years later in 1990. Country Furniture & Gifts is now rebranded as CF Home.
The Gardner Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and received the 1987 Utah Heritage Award for the most improved commercial building.
Nancy Long, along with Chris Christenson and her son Joe Long, worked together with a team of hard-working staff to find and move historical buildings to where they rest now at Gardner Village.