A Home for Pioneer Heritage
8/1/2003
A Utah man turns his family's historic home into a museum.

Family heirlooms come in many forms — artwork, jewelry, furniture. A Mendon, Utah, man is transforming his heirloom into a public facility. Paul Willie is turning his ancestor's homestead into a historical museum slated to open in late 2003.

Willie's great-great-grandfather, James Gray Willie, built the rock-exterior house in 1865, nine years after he led a caravan of Northern European immigrants across the plains to Utah territory. The home had been abandoned for nearly 20 years when Paul Willie purchased the deteriorating structure in 2001.