The Day Family Dairy Farm was originally part of a large homestead of one of Draper’s first settlers, Henry Eastman Day. Harmon Eastman Day, Henry’s grandson, turned the farm into a productive dairy farm that became a regional standard for modern, efficient agricultural practice.
This milking barn dates to the early 1920’s and though a local landmark, its relatively “un-impressive” architecture made it a likely candidate for demolition. Draper’s Historic Preservation Commission kept the Day barn on their radar and during an auction, three commissioners pooled funds to purchase the barn for $900.
The Commission approached Draper City Council with a proposal to relocate the barn to city park property and renovate it for use as an enclosed pavilion. The vote narrowly passed with the stipulation that no city funds would be used for the project. The barn project and its deteriorated condition did not inspire confidence, so Commission Chair Todd Shoemaker found LaRayne Day and Tod Wadsworth, who both joined the commission and became driving forces in fundraising efforts and in rallying in-kind support from family, friends and professional peers.
Tod’s vision took the project scope from that of a modestly renovated barn shell to a fully modernized, functional and easily maintained year-round event facility.
The Draper community has now embraced the Day Barn – given as a generous gift. There is seldom a day when a wedding, birthday bash, city event or family party is not scheduled in this affordable and surprising new historic resource.