We fell in love with Spring City when Dane’s sister, Lezlee, insisted we come for a visit to their “new” historic home in September 2004. We made the trek from Denver to their home and were impressed. We loved the peace we felt here. We parked in the church parking lot, staring at this beautiful pioneer home on the corner that had a “for sale” sign on it. Dane wanted to look at it immediately. I did not! I knew we would be persuaded if we took one step inside! We are like that…we go by our heart rather then our heads in these situations! The realtor came, I still did not want to go in, but did. The rest is Chapman family history! The purchase of this home changed our lives. To make a long story short, we opened one guestroom in 2005. In 2006, our family renovated the entire inn into a 4 guestroom B&B. Our children became invested in the business through their creativity and hard work. We planned together from the renovation, business plan, to running the business. We have remained open all year since 2004. As the business grew, so did our family, children married and had their own families. It has been a gathering spot and retreat for our guests. We have gained experience in a myriad of “real life” skills. We are in the business of serving guests, a commitment we take seriously. We have always striven to provide clean, organized rooms where guests can relax, unwind and enjoy the clean mountain air and inspiring scenery. On top of that, Spring City has beautiful, restored pioneer homes, many on the national historic register. We also have claim to the BEST German Restaurant, Das Cafe, in the state of Utah. Many artisans call this home. Generational families live in Spring City, their faithful predecessors settled here in the 1850s under the direction of Brigham Young. Some move here more recently, like us, because it is just a breath of fresh air in a cranky world.
In 2008, two challenges to our Business:
1. As our business grew, we realized we could not keep accommodating guests by switching around our bedrooms and not having personal space.
2. When guests were around, we had to be quiet,which for my enthusiastic husband was dampening to his joyful spirit. It was stressful “living” with guests and maintaining our family lifestyle.
Solution: We built an Innkeeper Quarter’s (IQ) for our family to live in. We built the IQ where the granary used to stand.We took the dimensions from our existing granary to build the IQ (plus a few feet for breathing room). It was completed and we moved in in 2011.
The Granary: The granary was moved to a cement foundation. This structure is on the national historic register. We took great pains in moving it very carefully, SLOWLY and restored it. Many thanks to Tom Brunner and John “Tennessee” Stewart for helping move it and to Orson Kimball in helping to restore the structure. It will now last at least another 100+ years. Come tour this structure on Heritage Day, it will be on the tour.
Cooper’s Cabin: This restored cabin sits behind the inn. It used to be a dilapidated hog pen in the back, far corner of our property. The door frame had a large tree growing through it. Snow College’s Traditional Building Skills Institute came and numbered all the logs. Orson Kimball, master carpenter, helped us put it all together again. It is “Cooper’s Cabin”, because our daughter, Cooper has plans to live in it one day. In the meantime it will host guests. Cooper’s Cabin is also on the tour, Heritage Day, May 24th from 10-4 pm.
We are getting The Osborne Inn ready for Heritage Day! Please look at http://friendsofhistoricspringcity.org/heritage-day-celebration for more information. Many are out sprucing up their homes and cleaning up Main Street. The Inn has 2 openings on Sunday evening, May 25th, Memorial Day Weekend. Hopefully the weather will be nice for some bicycle riding, a fire in the evening, or a stroll around our peaceful town.