119 East 200 South in Pleasant Grove, Utah
This house was built c.1865 by William Ashton, a native of Alabama and convert to the Mormon church. William and Ellen Elizabeth Croxford Ashton reportedly occupied this house from the time of their marriage, February 6, 1866, until 1880 when they deeded it to Olivia Pratt Driggs and moved to Vernal. Olivia and Benjamin Driggs, a local merchant, loved in it until 1906. The house was left unoccupied until 1917 when Clarence A Gammett purchased it and began restoration. The Gammetts lived here until 1968.
The Greeg Revival style home is built of hand-cut “soft rock” or tufa stone, quarried from springs at the base of nearby Mahogany Mountain. Soft rock was the most popular building material in Pleasant Grove between the 1860s and about 1900. This two-story central-passage house is perhaps the oldest remaining soft-rock house in town. A post-World War I two story rear addition of soft rock replaced an original lean-to. The front porch and carriage house were added in the 1970s.
Benjamin W. Driggs Home
Built c.1882 of tufa stone for Olivia Pratt Driggs on the site of Fort Battle Creek.
Birthplace of King Driggs, father of the “King Family.”
Restoration by the Jack West, Jrs. Since 1968.