An extraordinary system of cultural and historic resources.

The Hatch House and the Doney House

An Important Piece of Franklin’s History

A Closer Look

the Doney House

Admission:

By Donation

Hours:

The Relic Hall:

Tuesday through Saturday from from 11 am-3pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day

The Hatch and Doney Houses and interpretive exhibits:

Tuesday through Saturday from from 11 am-3pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day

Telephone:

(208) 646-2290

Location:

111 E. Main St. Franklin, ID 83237

113 E. Main St. Franklin, ID 83237

Directions:

N side of E. Main, mid-block between N 1st E & N 2nd E

In 1872, Lorenzo Hill Hatch built his elegant stone house on a large lot on Main Street in Franklin, across from the city square.  As the town’s first mayor and second Mormon bishop, Hatch was Franklin’s temporal and spiritual leader from 1863 to 1875. He was also the first Mormon legislator in Idaho.

Born in 1826 in Lincoln, Vermont, Hatch's parents were early converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who moved moved west to Nauvoo, Illinois.  In 1851 Hatch settled in Lehi, Utah where he married Sylvia Eastman.  He served as mayor of Lehi and was elected to the Utah legislature.  Like other men prominent in the church at that time, he had plural wives— marrying Catherine Karren in 1854, and Alice Hanson in 1860.  With his wives, he fathered twelve daughters and twelve sons.  In 1863, Brigham Young, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, sent Hatch to serve as Bishop of Franklin.

historic photo of Hatch HouseLorenzo Hill Hatch’s stone house is a rare Idaho example of the Greek revival style of architecture that was popular in Utah during the 1870’s.  Its rectangular proportions, symmetrical doors and windows, and spare but graceful wooden detailing echo the style that Mormon pioneers brought to Utah from upstate New York.  The carefully cut ornamental stone blocks on the corners (called quoins) are also typical of the style.  The materials for most of Franklin's stone houses were quarried from a small hill just northeast of town by immigrant English masons.  The elegant Bishop’s house was the largest residence in town when it was built and is still an impressive sight.

The house was occupied by Bishop Hatch’s descendants until the 1940s.  The Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) acquired it in 1979 and actively assists in the maintenance and management of the site.

The Doney House is what remains of a larger home built by John and Ann Doney circa 1870. Its west and south walls are constructed of cut sandstone blocks with its east and north walls built of sandstone rubble. Threatened by demolition in 2002, the ISHS acquired the building and moved it to its present location. Preservation work is ongoing.