This is one of the darker legends Utah has. The story goes that the Catholic Church would send nuns here if they became pregnant to keep the pregnancies secret. The babies were then placed for adoption. One nun decided to run away with her child in the middle of the night, was found by the Mother Superior who killed her baby and disposed of its body somewhere on the Nunnery property. This supposedly happened in the 1940’s.
Originally called Hatch’s Camp, this site has also been known as St Ann’s Retreat, and Pine Glen Cove. Those familiar with Logan and the legend refer to it simply as the Nunnery.
Hezekiah Eastman Hatch built the first cabin sometime between 1915-1918. He was the head of Logan Bank and well-known in the community. Various other cabins and buildings were added to the property through the 1930’s after the property passed to Hezekiah’s son, L Boyd Hatch. L Boyd Hatch lived in New York and was one of the wealthiest men in the country at that time. During the 30’s and 40’s many prominent people who were friends of the Hatch family spent summers on the property. These included well-known actors, directors, and politicians.
In September 1951, the Hatch family sold or donated the camp to the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake. The Catholic Church renamed the place St Ann’s Retreat and used it as a retreat / youth camp until 1978. It sat vacant for many years and is now privately owned.
I was not able to find any documentation of any deaths or murders at any time. The only negative articles come from an event involving trespassing teenagers in 1997.