Historic Orson B. Adams House Docent
The St George Field Office would like to recognize volunteer-docent Denise Allen, of Leeds, UT, for helping open a historic treasure to the public. The Orson B. Adams house in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA) was restored in 2006 through a partnership between the St George Field Office, Washington County, and the State of Utah. Yet this historic structure only opened for public visitation in 2012 due in large part to Denise’s volunteer efforts.
“Denise is a real people person,” says Red Cliffs NCA Park Ranger Ben Cramer. “She’s got a welcoming way about her and people really enjoy the stories she tells about the history of the Adams House and the people who lived in the historic communities of Harrisburg and Silver Reef.”
Most days when the house is open, you can find Denise sitting outside working on a craft project awaiting the next visitor. “She’s very adept at wood carving,” says Cramer, “but you never can tell what sort of project you’ll find her working on – from painting and drawing to flint-knapping, she’s a real artist.”
You can go out and visit Denise, or become a docent for the house yourself! The docent program is always looking for new volunteers who want to learn, and help share the history of the house and surrounding landscape with visitors. For more information please contact the St George Field Office at (435) 688-3354.