This historic building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is one of only eleven stone houses built in the 1860’s. The original stone house shows the first firmly rooted, permanent phase of Centerville’s beginnings. The significance of the Whitaker house lies in its architecture as a good example of classically inspired stone structures built by locally renowned skilled masons of locally gathered rock. The home is situated on Main Street directly south of City Hall where it has been a well-loved landmark for 160 years. The home was purchased by Centerville City December 1, 1994 to create a museum/gathering place for the benefit of the community. It houses volumes of documents, histories, and artifacts deemed significant to Centerville’s heritage. Centerville is located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains approximately twelve miles north of Salt Lake City and consists of a small strip of land two miles wide and three and three-tents miles long. Museum visitors enjoy learning stories about the significance of artifacts on display, viewing any number of historic videos that have been compiled and going back in time to experience the lifestyle of the 1800’s.
Thomas whitaker, the settler
Hours of Operation
Tuesday - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
School Groups & Youth Organizations
Free of charge. We’ll help you plan an unforgettable field trip to the Whitaker Museum. Trained guides provide lively and instructive tours for students of all ages, from preschool to college. Advance reservation is required. Reservations for group tours - (801) 335-8843
Each tour meets the Davis County Curriculum Content Standards.
Tours should be arranged at least two weeks in advance. Please inform us about your students’ needs and interests, number of people (students and adults) in your group, as well as your preferred date and time.
The date, time, and content of your field trip are not finalized until you email receive confirmation.
We can accommodate multiple groups, provided we know your numbers in advance. Be prepared to divide into smaller groups of 15 students prior to the start of the tour.
Two adult chaperones are required for every 15 students. Chaperones must remain with the group at all times.
The Whitaker is sustained through the many volunteers who donate their time, resources, and money. Each gift, large or small, carries a message of affection and commitment. Put your talents to work, make new friends, and make a difference!
Events & Program Activities
Volunteers are needed at:
- Decorating the period rooms
- Evening lectures
- Family events
- Seasonal parties
- Story nights
Service/Eagle Scout Projects
Eagle Scouts and other organizations are welcome to contact The Whitaker for service projects. We have an ongoing list of needs.
Whether for academic credit or personal satisfaction, interning at The Whitaker is a rewarding experience. Internships are volunteer positions.
Support our part-time archivist by organizing documents and photographs, transcribing, proofreading, and entering data.
Help research, document, and care for the Whitaker’s collection.
Help develop and deliver programs and materials that serve teachers, students, museum tour guides and other audiences.
Gardens & Grounds
Help maintain the 2-acre historic property. There are opportunities to assist with:
- Landscape designing
- Master gardening
- Special projects
- Volunteer management
We believe the Whitaker museum has a place in the cultural landscape as a place that teaches, transforms, delights and develops the mind, heart, culture, and community. Competition for federal, state, and non-profit funding is fierce. That is why you are the Whitaker’s most important supporter.
How to Donate
If you would like to contribute to the Whitaker and have questions please contact the Museum.
You may also mail your contributions to:
250 N Main Street
Centerville, UT 84014
Finally, you may also call the City Treasurer at 801-295-3477 during business hours (8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday) and donate by credit card.