Historic buildings recognized
November 20, 2009
Lots of history in Summit County was lost when historic buildings in the past were not properly preserved, a local historian said.
"I think we need to step up a little in preserving our historic structures If we don’t have preservation then we have no future," Summit County Historian NaVee Vernon said in a telephone interview. "I do feel like if we don’t have some interest in it everything will be destroyed."
So in October the Summit County Historical Society recognized three important properties with plaques.
"These are all great examples that will call attention to the preservation effort in Summit County," Summit County Historical Society member Tom Clyde told the Summit County Council.
The Wallin Farm at the edge of State Road 224 in the Snyderville Basin is owned by the Swaner EcoCenter.
"They did a beautiful job restoring a rare brick, stone house," Clyde said about the property near Ranch Place, near the southwest edge of the nature preserve. "It was a long drawn-out process."
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Many people were involved in restoring the house and barn at the Wallin Farm, Swaner EcoCenter Executive Director Annette Herman said.
"A lot of people don’t understand what preservation means and what it costs and what it takes," Herman said.
The historical society also recognized Ken’s Kash, a grocery store in Oakley, as an important landmark in Summit County.
Clyde said the building is a "classic example of a western storefront."
The store at 980 W. Center Street has been the "commercial heartbeat of Oakley for a very long time," Clyde said.
"It’s played a very important part in the community," Clyde said. "It’s great to have it open. It really is an essential part of the fabric of the community."
Larry Devey recently purchased the grocery store from former Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme.
The third property to receive high marks from local historians was the C.B. Copley home in Coalville.
C.B. Copley, who was a teacher at North Summit High School, lived in the house at 47 W. 50 South, which is currently owned by Ty Collins.
"The house is very interesting," said Collins, who has owned the property for about six years. "There is something really special about the house The trees and the surroundings are what made me want it so much."