Celebration of Life to be held in January at Gardner Village for founder Nancy Long
Long fell in love with the historic Gardner Mill in West Jordan, which once served as a flour mill built by one of Utah’s first pioneer settlers, Archibald Gardner.
Gardner’s arrival to the west of the Jordan River is said to have sparked the expansion of the Salt Lake Valley’s West Side.
Nancy Long transformed the old building into a market for furniture and handmade gifts that opened in May of 1980. Ten years later, Archibald’s Restaurant opened and Gardner Village began to take shape.
Other historic homes and buildings, including a train station, were donated and renovated to create a village lined with brick paths, a stream and bridges throughout.
The market village is home to many local businesses, supporting many local entrepreneurs and small business owners. It was even featured in a Netflix holiday film “Falling for Christmas.”
— Eliza Jane Pace (@elizapacenews) December 6, 2022
According to a press release, Nancy Long’s favorite quote was “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, that’s where the fruit is.”
Though Long passed away on Nov. 21, her children Joe Long and Angie Gerdes are taking on ownership of the village to continue the journey their mother began.
Nancy had 6 children, 19 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.
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