Tour McPolin Barn at the "Your Barn Door is Open Event" in Park City

Tour McPolin Barn at the "Your Barn Door is Open Event" in Park CityIf you are new to Park City or are considering a move to the area, you have probably seen the "Big White Barn" as many visitors refer to it. If you are curious as to why there is a barn in the middle of a mountain city that receives most of its attention from ski resorts, now is your chance to find out. The "Your Barn Door is Open" event is about to take place. 

What is the "Your Barn Door is Open" Event?

Your Barn Door is Open is the event that kicks off the event season at the historic McPolin Farm. The farm is beloved and holds a special piece of Park City history. This event helps to raise funds to keep the barn standing and take care of the farm. It is a catered meal with live music and dancing and tours of the barn. It is the chance to enjoy a party at the barn which only happens on a few occasions. 

The food will be prepared by Chef Dalton Campbell of Park City Elite Private Chefs. It will be a catered barbeque dinner. Live music will be performed by Johnny Wasden and Skyler Kershner who are the band Iron Canyon Echos playing what is described as mountain fold music. Festivities start at 5:30 pm on Jun 15. Tickets are $37 per person and go on sale starting at 8 am on May 25, 2024.

The Story Behind the Farm and Barn

The farm is 160 acres spanning both sides of state Route 224 welcoming people as they drive into Park City from the northside. The land was originally a cattle farm first settled by Harrison McLean and his family. The land was in transition to become a dairy farm and was soon sold to Dan McPolin and his wife Isabell in 1896. They lived out their best days on the farm and passed it on to their children Patrick and Grace through inheritance in 1922. Patrick and Grace built the iconic and historic barn out of recycled timber from an old tailings mill. 

The barn's original construction was very interesting and amazing as there was not one nail used to hold the barn together. It was built by fitting the wood together like puzzle pieces according to found historical documents. In 1947 a veterinarian, D.A. Osguthorpe, who based his practice out of Salt Lake City purchased the farm and constructed a milking parlor in the barn installing a fully automated milking system during his 43 years working the farm.

Park City purchased the farm from the Osguthorpe family for 4.4 million in 1990. A $1 million renovation of the barn to ensure that it was safe for people to tour the inside was finished in 2017 by Park City's municipal government. The McPolin farm was registered on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. Today the organization Friends of the Farm takes care of preserving the farm's history and taking care of the land and barn structure.

Don't Forget to Meet Georgina

Georgina's a popular life-size jersey cow statue that will be at the farm during the Your Barn Door is Open event. Georgina is named after George Hall a Park City community member who played a critical role in saving the land around the barn. According to Insa Ripen, the land was almost a box store shopping center. She shares this with the local park city record in their public announcement of the event, That whole stretch from St. Mary’s Catholic Church to Meadows Drive was slated to become a K Mart, can you imagine?”

Important Parking information

If you are new to Park City it is good to know that there is no parking at the farm. The event does provide a free shuttle service when you park at the Park City Municipal Athletic and Recreation Center. The recreation center is located at 1200 Little Kate Rd. The shuttle provides service from 5 to 545 to get people to the event and again from 745 to 8:30 to take them back to their cars.

If you're unable to make this event you can check out tours of the barn schedule throughout the summer. Check out the events page for the McPolins Barn on the seasonal events page at the Park City website.

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