Summarized by Gregor McHardy
Hamblin home tells tales of Utah frontier
Deseret News 10Mar00 D6
By Carma Wadley: Deseret News senior writer
This article covers the museum that has grown out of Jacob Hamblin's home
near Kanab in Southern Utah. It is called the Hamblin Family Home because
Jacob was usually on the road, leaving the home inhabited by his two wives
(Rachel &Priscilla) and twelve of his twenty-four children. The home has
had various owners since it was built by missionaries in the 1860s, but
became Church property in 1974.
It was a utilitarian home, with two "master bedrooms" for the two wives,
facilities for home production and storage, and rooms where furniture
could be stacked against the walls for social events. The article is
mostly about the home, but also tells a little of Jacob Hamblin's history,
including a description of his relationship with American Indians, some of
whom were harbored in the home to escape slavery amongst the Mexicans and Navajos.