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Welcome to Evermore!

Oct 03, 2019 07:23PM ● By Ed Helmick

You may have heard about the medieval gothic village that exists up I-15 in Pleasant Grove. It is a real 14th century village with the architecture style you would expect. Much of it has been imported from Europe at considerable expense to make the 50 or so residents dressed in various forms of medieval period clothing comfortable. For village guests it is a total immersion into a different time and place, right down to the dialog of the village residents.

My wife and I have visited Evermore Park three times since it opened, and we have been amazed and entertained to our delight every time. However, the park has matured a lot since our last visit in January 2019. That is what you would expect, and they now have a map you receive at the entrance to the village.

There are 21 major features shown on the map, including four places to eat that were not available on our last visit. They also have several hourly features that you should ask about when you enter, such as the reptile and bird show in the Notting Glass House.

Security staff were evident, and bags were checked at the entrance. Guests have been encouraged to come in costume, although face masks are not allowed. The night we visited about 20 percent of the guests where in costume.  The village seems to be developing a regular following as several people we talked to were repeat visitors.

Evermore celebrates the seasons and the fall is the season of Lore, which opened Sept. 6 after being closed for two weeks to prepare for the new season. A good size crowd of people were waiting at the village gate for the 6 p.m. opening. Most striking as we entered the village were carved pumpkins everywhere in Evermore. Thousands of them of different sizes and shapes, all carved with facial expressions. As the evening grew dark, they had a small light inside of them to show off the many pumpkin emotions throughout the night.  

Shortly after entering the village we were greeted by a couple friendly residents and welcomed with a small gold nugget. A short distance further four residents were entertaining visitors with song and dance that captured our attention for almost 30 minutes.

We strolled on through the Faerie Garden to the Crooked Lantern Tavern. The owner and proprietor, Suds McBride, always has interesting tales to tell. What is amazing about the tavern is its old England authenticity, and appropriately so since most of the interior features were imported from antique searches in the old country.

As we continued our walk around the village, Nettleton Mill is an interesting old piece of architecture in the village. The Catacombs were dark and a bit scary. The Court of St. Michael is a large sculpture, attractively lit at night and is another example of imported art from the old country.

Next we found an area devoted to game challenges, such as hatchet throwing and bow and arrow archery practice. All along the way we kept meeting villagers to chat with and that is part of the fun experience of visiting Evermore.

As we were ending our evening with a cup of delicious premium chocolate ice cream, two small young ladies with pet dragons stopped to visit with us. It was a great way to conclude an interesting and amazing evening.

We would encourage everyone to visit the 14th century village of Evermore in 21st century Pleasant Grove, just off I-15 on 382 Evermore Lane. For more information check out their website at www. evermore.com or call (385) 323-5135. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)