Happy 24th of July, Pioneer Day!

Bonnie Barber

Happy Pioneer Day, or 24th of July! Pioneer Day is quite the celebration in Utah – it commemorates the entry of the first Pioneer’s into the Salt Lake Valley and essentially marks the beginning of the State of Utah. Especially in Parowan, Pioneer Day has a special place in the hearts of community members and our family in particular. All the way back in 1851, Parowanians celebrated the first ever Pioneer day – and a celebration it was! From the history books - “Pioneer Day was celebrated in grand style for the first time in Parowan, Iron County.  The day was ushered in with the thundering of artillery, waving of flags, beating of drums and shouting of the people.” The Iron Battalion performed; a grand parade; several dinner parties ensued; and the day ended beautifully with a grand dance, boasting participants of all ages! 

Particularly for descendants of Lizzie, Pioneer Day celebrations have been close to home! For it was Sarah and Charles (Lizzie’s parents-in-law) who were also part of the trek of pioneers that crossed the country and settled Utah, Iron County and Parowan in particular. 

Many years later, wonderful Lizzie spared no expense of bravery and passion when she stood in front of the Old Rock Church just as it was about to be torn down, and insisted that if it went down, they would have to take her down with it. After quite some time, and on July 24th to boot, something certainly worth celebrating happened: 

The Old Rock Church, after the city tried to tear it down, was finally renewed close to the original.  The project was completed by 1940, and so on July 24th, 1940, the old bell again peeled forth its glad tidings, calling the people back to their Old Church once more for a joyful celebration.  The house was crowded, many standing.  The old Choir members took their places, again as in the past.  The organ played and the familiar songs of the Pioneers, among them Come, Come Ye Saints, and after years of silence filled every corner of the old building.  Many old relics of Parowan's history had been gathered and now they are housed in the old church where they could be better displayed.  The pictures of the Pioneers and early settlers adorn the walls on either side and make an inspiring sight.” (words from D Watson, Lizzie’s son, retrieved via family history books). 

Share your Pioneer Day traditions with us in the comments! 

(Photo of the Old Rock Church in Parowan, Utah)

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A Legacy of Hospitality

Meri Brown

Stories from the Family Histories:

Sarah Ann Davenport Adams was the founding mother of our wonderful Inn. Back when she and her family built the home, it wasn’t technically an Inn, but Sarah welcomed all into her home with open arms. Her grandchildren tell the story of when travelers or those looking for something to eat would stop by their home and Sarah would feed and board them. One time, a fellow who was a “tinker” (someone who travels and mends metals) offered to mend all the needed repairs around the home – Sarah had him stay in her home and would fix him meals along with her family, until he was able to complete all his work. We hope to continue that legacy of hospitality that Sarah instilled into the home and into her descendants here at Lizzie’s Heritage Inn. 

Memories of Sarah all include her joyful demeanor and ability to joke. It was a mission of hers to always laugh and make those around her laugh as well. She was a musician and loved the stage – her favorite character to play was one named “Imogene”. She was always giving out goodies, particularly her famous mints that she would pull out of her pockets and offer to the little ones. 

It is our mission to keep Sarah’s legacy of hospitality alive at the Inn! Sarah was the matriarch of this beautiful home and her spirit is alive at the Inn, still. Some have even seen her around the Inn, as it was the home she built with her family and loved all those who entered. Sarah’s great-granddaughter, our Grandma Bonnie who currently runs our inn, has the same hospitable and nurturing nature that Sarah had. We even have mints on hand in remembrance of Sarah’s giving spirit, so that all who come into her home have the ability to feel as cherished in her home as she would have made them feel. 

If you want to try our mints out for yourself but are unable to make it to the Inn, on Sarah’s Corner you can find them, packaged in a reusable tin to remind you of the Inn.

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Streusel Cake Family Recipe

Meri Brown

This month, we are featuring a favorite breakfast from the family recipe books! Streusel Cake has been loved by our family for years and at an inn, food is very important. We love to make classics, as well as newer additions, for when our guests come stay at Lizzie’s! Right now, many of us are sheltering at home while we try to wait out the effects of a global pandemic. This means that vacations have been put on hold and the inn is more guest-less than it has been in recent months. We wanted to share a bit of something warm and delicious — from our home to yours. Below is the recipe - if you try it, let us know how it went! Tag us on instagram @lizzies_heritage_inn and we might share your creation! 

How To:

Batter: 
2 ½ c flour
1 T baking powder
¾ c. sugar
1 ¾ c butter
¾ c milk
1 t vanilla    
2 eggs 

Topping: 
¾ c sugar
2 T flour 
3 T butter
3 t cinnamon 
¾ c walnuts (or nut of choice) 

Mix batter ingredients together. Mix topping ingredients together. Grease a 9x13 pan. Layer in half batter, half topping, half batter, half topping. Cook in the oven at 375° for 30-35 minutes. Enjoy warm or save in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

       

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Meri Brown
For all of us here at Lizzie's Heritage Inn, Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate! Not only is it a time to celebrate love in all versions and capacities, but also to celebrate the founding woman of this home, Sarah Ann Davenport Adams. 

Born February 14, 1847 in England, her family moved to the US when she was two years old. By the time she was five, they had settled in Parowan, Utah. In 1863 when she was 16 years old, she married Charles Adams. Just seven years later in 1870, they built and moved into the historic home that is now Lizzie's Heritage Inn.
She would go on to have 12 children, nine of whom would grow to adulthood, raising them in this home that we all now know and love. (Her seventh child, Will L, would eventually marry Lizzie, for whom the Inn is named.)

Sarah was a woman who loved, and laughed, and enjoyed life. She performed on the stage for many years, until after she had six children, and sang for 40 years in the same choir that she had begun singing in when she was eleven. Some of her grandchildren would later recall how she didn't like birthday parties given in her honor, but how she she loved the Valentine's the grandchildren would bring, and that she would hang them on the curtains in her home. She looked forward to her grandchildren coming to visit on her birthday/Valentine's Day, and would hold court in the parlor as they gave her their gifts. Each child, in turn, would receive the much coveted mints she always carried with her. 

Her home was a central gathering spot in early Parowan, housing the first telegraph, that she, herself, would operate. She welcomed guests and took people in and made them feel warm and comfortable. 

In celebrating and honoring this amazing woman, and continuing with our sesquicentennial celebration for the home in 2020, I am excited to announce Sarah's Corner at Lizzie's Heritage Inn. We will have a variety of treasures, sweets, and of course her coveted mints, available for our guests, as well as visitors stopping by for a quick rest during their travels. 

I hope by doing this, we can all feel a little bit of the love that Sarah herself would have bestowed on the guests passing through her home. 

Meri and staff of Lizzie's Heritage Inn 

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New Year, New Happenings at the Inn

Meri Brown
Happy New Month, Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade!

This year, 2020, marks 150 years since my great-great-grandparent Charles and Sarah Adams built their home just outside the boundaries of the old fort in what is now Parowan, Utah. That same year, they had their first child, and would go on to raise nine children in the home, the sixth being my great-grandfather Will L, who eventually would marry Lizzie Watson. Unfortunately, another three children were either stillbirths, or did not live past the day they were born. 

I can only imagine the day to day happenings in and around the old home. I search histories and read stories and memories written by Charles and Sarah's grandchildren to try to fill in the blanks and get a feel of these two amazing people and their 50 years in the home. I am grateful every day for the letters, memories, and artifacts my own grandmother kept about her grandparents. All these things make me feel a bit more connected to them and their home.
Even though I named the bed and breakfast after my great-grandmother Lizzie, I feel it fitting to spend this year, the sesquicentennial of the home, honoring Sarah, my great-great-grandmother whose home this was and is, and doing what I can to preserve her memory. 

I have so many fun and exciting things planned for this year, and I hope I can make Grandma Sarah proud! 

Meri and staff of Lizzie's Heritage Inn

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Merry Christmas from Lizzie's Heritage Inn

Meri Brown

Christmas has always been a special time of year for me, and especially now, when I'm in our old family home during the holidays, I can't help but think how Christmas time was when my sweet grandmother was growing up here.

During the holidays, the Inn comes alive with laughter and family, and fun and festive scents from the kitchen with all the holiday baking. The candles throughout the home, along with all the twinkling lights and warm fire, create an especially festive atmosphere that anyone would be comfortable being embraced by.

In addition to holiday celebrations in December, we also get to celebrate our official Grand Opening!

When Lizzie's Heritage Inn officially opened two years ago on December 13, 2017, it was the result of a long time dream of mine to have the home back in our family. While owning a bed & breakfast wasn't something that had previously been on my radar, it worked out this way, allowing me to share my excitement and love of our old family home with you, and has turned into a huge passion of mine.

Over the past two years, the Inn has quickly become a favorite among locals and travelers alike, and we have been honored to be named Best Country Inn in Utah two years running. 

We have a loyal staff providing the welcoming engagement that Lizzie herself would be proud of.

The building itself has changed some over the years since my great-great-grandparents Charles and Sarah first built the home, but the integrity and family values remain. 

Over the original footprint of the home, we offer four suites for our guests, and we also host weddings, family reunions, holiday parties and other family gatherings. 

I am continually grateful for every one of our guests over the past two years who have chosen Lizzie's Heritage Inn as their preferred stop along the way during their southern Utah travels.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I wish you ALL a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a safe and Happy New Year! 

Meri and staff of Lizzie's Heritage Inn 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Meri Brown

In this season of family, friendship and Thanksgiving, we are so grateful to all our friends, near and far, who, when they could have gone anywhere for a vacation or even a quick getaway, have chosen to visit our unique bed & breakfast.  We are grateful for each of you, and are honored to call you "friend".

Thanksgiving is a time of tradition, and for many years, one of our favorite Thanksgiving desserts is this Pear Cheddar Pie. We don't have a Thanksgiving meal without it.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Pear Cheddar Pie

4 large ripe pears, peeled and thinly sliced
1/3 c. sugar
1 tbsp white flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 unbaked pie crust

Topping:
1/2 c. cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 c. white flour
1 cube butter, melted
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Combine pears, sugar, flour, salt, pour into pie crust.
Combine topping ingredients until crumbly, sprinkle over pear filling.
Bake at 425 degrees for 25-35 minutes, or until crust is golden and cheese is melted. Cool for 10 minutes. Best served warm.


From all of us here at Lizzie's Heritage Inn, we wish you and your family a safe and festive Thanksgiving holiday, filled with laughter and sweet memories!

Meri and Staff at Lizzie's Heritage Inn

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Scarecrows and More!

Meri Brown

As temperatures start to drop and colors of leaves on the trees start to change, it is evident that fall is in the air.

Fall is my favorite season, reminding me that although things change, there is beauty all around us.

October is an especially memorable month for me, as it is my sweet grandmother's birthday on Halloween. You can bet that here at Lizzie's Heritage Inn, the home that Grandma grew up in will be especially festive this month. 

    

October is a fun and busy month in Parowan as well. Starting at the beginning of October and running through the 29th, you can drive up and down Main Street and spot all the scarecrows during the annual "Scarecrows on Main" event. Scarecrows of all shapes, sizes, and themes will be lining the street for your enjoyment and entertainment. 

On Saturday, October 19, join us for Fall Fest at Parowan Main Street Park. This is a fun, family friendly event with something for everyone. There will be games, vendors, and food from 10 am to 4 pm. Stop by and enjoy a pleasant fall day in the park. 

One of the things I look forward to most in the fall is fresh apples. Not too far from our bed & breakfast you can enjoy a traditional apple picking experience! 

Just because summer is over doesn't mean you can't still enjoy some of the many sights and activities southern Utah has to offer. We are centrally located between the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City airports, and short driving distances to Brian Head, Bryce Canyon, and Zions National Park. 

    

One of my favorite memories from childhood was the caramel popcorn balls my mom used to make to pass out on Halloween. I'm excited to bring back this family tradition to Lizzie's, so if you're in the area on Halloween, be sure to stop by for a popcorn ball of your own.

With it being Halloween, it wouldn't be appropriate to not mention our resident "visitor". Don't worry, we're all family here, and this sweet lady loves her home and only wants to grace us with her presence. We're glad she's sticking around! 

When planning your vacation to southern Utah, be sure to also check out https://www.visitutah.com/places-to-go/southwestern/ for more things you can do in the area, or you can just spend a couple relaxing days on our wrap around front porch, soaking up all the Fall!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Meri and staff of Lizzie's Heritage Inn

 

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Happy Birthday!

Meri Brown18 comments
January is a special time at Lizzie's Heritage Inn as we celebrate both my great grandmother's and great grandfather's birthdays.
My great grandfather, William Leech Adams, known as Will L throughout his life, was born January 26, 1879, son of Charles and Sarah Adams, original owners of our family home that is now Lizzie's Heritage Inn. He married Lizzie Watson, our inn's namesake. She, too, had a January birthday, born January 10, 1883.
Together Will L and Lizzie raised six children in this home, five boys, and their youngest, a daughter, my grandmother Joyce. 
Will L was a writer, actor and director, and had a theater company who toured around southern Utah performing Shakespeare, and other, plays. Lizzie would make the costumes for Will L and his company, some of which we still have in our family today.
 
I grew up listening to wonderful stories about my great grandparents, lovingly told to me by my grandmother. When I walk through the rooms of Lizzie's Heritage Inn, I feel surrounded by the love and comfort of these two amazing people, and love to imagine what life would have been like when they were here in the home. 
My family history is strong in this home, and as we welcome you into it, I hope you feel surrounded by the warmth and charm that Lizzie, herself, would have provided. 
Come enjoy an opportunity to experience the past within our historical inn. We look forward to sharing with you, our rich family heritage. 

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Happy Holidays, and Happy Anniversary!

Meri Brown14 comments
This holiday season, as Lizzie's Heritage Inn also celebrates our one year anniversary, I am overwhelmed and in awe that this long-time dream of mine has actually come to fruition!  I have accumulated quite the team this year, starting with the most important, my mom. She lives in the home and is there on a daily basis running the business, welcoming guests, and everything else associated with the B&B, and I am so grateful for her!  I have a fabulous cook, a wonderful housekeeper, as well as my business consultants, and marketing & social media team.  I could not do this business without them!  We all work together to make this a most comfortable and amazing home away from home experience for you, and I hope you feel the warm welcome when you come into our home.

I'd like to take a minute to share with you some of the things we've accomplished and enjoyed this year...

* It was an honor to be featured as "The Best Country Inn" on "The Official Best of Utah".  View the video on our homepage!

* We've had the pleasure of welcoming guests from nearby states, from across the country, and even from other countries!

* The Salt Lake Tribune featured a story on our Bed & Breakfast.

* Facebook reviews consistently 5 star!

* We have been working with the visitcedarcity.com organization and other organizations to set Lizzie’s Heritage Inn as a southern Utah best place to stay.

* Family reunions have been held at the Inn, and we've also been making plans for weddings!

I am sincerely grateful to you for your support this year!  We've built many great relationships with our guests in 2018 and are looking forward to welcoming many more in 2019.

Happy Holidays from the entire team here at Lizzie's Heritage Inn!

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