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Experience kirtland and hiram ohio where joseph smith received revelations to guide the growing church.

Lds church history sites map. That visit often called the first vision was the founding event of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints. Explore the sacred grove where joseph smith received his first vision to the hill cumorah in this interactive exhibit of lds historic sites in new york. Use classic lds maps to find places of worship congregations directions and other church resources worldwide.

Lds places of interest new york and pennsylvania. Map 1 map 2 map 3 points of interest. Jump to navigation jump to search.

Centers the map on your location be sure to click allow when your browser asks if it can know your location. Latter day saint places of interest missouri. This list is intended as a quick reference for these sites.

Discover the history of three historic sites of gathering and rescue for the willie and martin handcart companies in wyoming on their journey to utah. The church of jesus christ of latter day saints holds a number of sites as historically significant. See ensign april 1979 zions camp march from ohio to missouri 1834 by stanley b.

See mormon battalion historical sites and markers map by andrew schmidt for more. Search results for missouri senior trip maybe. The sites may or may not be owned by the church.

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Using the mouse wheel or these buttons will zoom the map. The sacred grove in palmyra new york is the site where heavenly father and his son jesus christ visited young joseph smith in 1820. Best 18 months for my life.

Map 1 map 2b. Lds church history sites in missouri maps see more. Learn about the places where the lord taught joseph about the kingdoms of glory the word of wisdom priesthood offices and keys and other foundational truths.

So grateful to serve in the mim but especially to be a vc sister in the visitors centre and the historic liberty jail. List of historic sites of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints.

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Salt Lake Mormon History Sites

Ever since Brigham Young arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, the area has been developing not just as a city but as the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many of Salt Lake City's attractions and landmarks relating to Mormon history are located on Temple Square, but the rest of city and the surrounding areas are full of them as well.

Mormon Trail Sites

Several points along the historic "Mormon Trail" -- the path that pioneers followed from the east into the Salt Lake Valley -- are marked and open to the public. The most notable is This Is the Place Heritage Park, which includes the famous This is the Place Monument and a Heritage Village recreated to present visitors with a unique glimpse into the pioneer past.

Salt Lake Cemetery

This cemetery is located on the hill behind LDS Hospital. Nine of the presidents of the Mormon Church are buried here. Visitors can pick up a "Trail of the Prophets" map at the cemetery office, which shows the location of each president's gravesite. The cemetery also boasts a great view of the Salt Lake Valley.

Ensign Peak

Ensign Peak is a prominent hill on the northern edge of the Salt Lake Valley. On July 26, 1847, two days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young and seven other pioneer leaders climbed the hill to survey the valley. From its summit they laid out in their minds the city they intended to build. The peak has been the site of numerous civic and religious ceremonies over the years.

State Capitol

Located at 350 North Main Street, on a hill above downtown Salt Lake City, the Utah State Capitol was designed to resemble the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and is widely regarded as one of the nation's most attractive state buildings. The structure is classical is style, with support columns and a copper-clad dome. The interior is also impressive, boasting a large central hall and marble staircases.

Old Council Hall

This building, facing the Capitol Building from across the street, originally served the Utah Territorial Legislature as well as the Salt Lake City Council, and was once located at the corner of State Street and 100 South. It was moved from that location to make way for the Federal Office Building. The building now serves as home to the Utah Travel Council. The upper floor has been restored to its original design and is beautifully decorated in Victorian style.

Mormon Battalion Monument

On the grounds of the Capitol Building is this large memorial built in honor of the Mormon soldiers who were recruited during the Mexican-American War. The memorial is in particularly beautiful setting.

Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum

The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum sits at 300 North Main Street. It is filled enough pioneer artifacts that visitors should allow quite a bit of time if they want to see all that the museum has to offer. A particularly interesting section of the museum is the Railroad Room, which has a large original painting of the driving of the Golden Spike, which marked the completion of the intercontinental railroad in 1869.

LDS Hospital

Located on 8th Avenue between C and D Streets, this large medical center was operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years. The hospital was an early center for heart surgery and treatment.

Devereaux House

On South Temple, three blocks west of Temple Square, is this pioneer-era mansion which has been restored and is now part of the Triad Center. The property was originally the home of William Staines, who sold it to William Jennings. Jennings, who was born in England but converted to Mormonism in Salt Lake City, made a fortune in the freighting business, and used part of that money to construct this mansion, naming it after an ancestral home in England. The house became the city's most important social center, hosting as guests United States presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes as well as General William T. Sherman. Its original beauty has been restored, and the Devereaux House now hosts an elegant restaurant, the Chart House. Group tours are sometimes conducted by the Utah Heritage Foundation, and an open house is held each summer during the Salt Lake Arts Festival, which is held in adjoining areas.

Pioneer Park

Located at 300 South and 300 West, Pioneer Park marks the site of the first pioneer campsite in Salt Lake City, and the site of the first pioneer fort.

Utah State Historical Society

The Utah State Historical Society is located in the former D&RGW railway depot on 300 South and 300 West, near Pioneer Park. The Historical Society Museum and Library occupy most of this building. The center features exhibits on early Utah history and has a large collection of materials. Help is available regarding individual questions on Utah history or historic sites.

Welfare Square

house, a bakery, a cannery, a milk processing operation, a thrift store, and an employment center, all designed to help people help themselves. Visitors are encouraged to take a bus tour to Welfare Square, which meets on Temple Square. One-hour tours are conducted Monday-Friday.

Some information courtesy the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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The maps in this section include many of the places mentioned in the Joseph Smith Papers and can help readers visualize the locations that were significant places in Joseph Smith’s life and the early years of the Latter-day Saint movement.

The first section includes the travel and missions of JS; the other sections correspond to the various areas where Joseph Smith lived: Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois and Iowa Territory, as well as maps of the United States in the 1830s and 1840s. Geographical names, borders, and watercourses appear as they existed in the time period given in the map titles. For more information about geographical locations, see the Places page.


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Mission to the Indians, 1830–1831

Mission to the Indians, 1830–1831

Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer Jr., Ziba Peterson, and Parley P. Pratt departed New York in October 1830 on a mission to preach to the “Lamanites” in Indian territory. Frederick G. Williams joined the group in Ohio. They preached to the Indians in early 1831, but they were soon ordered off Indian land.

Joseph Smith’s Travel between Ohio and Missouri, 1831

Joseph Smith’s Travel between Ohio and Missouri, 1831

In accordance with instructions in a June 1831 revelation, Joseph Smith and several others traveled from Kirtland, Ohio, to Jackson County, Missouri, where a new revelation designated Independence as the “centre place” of the city of Zion.

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Historical Geography of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Because wards, branches, stakes, and missions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were often divided and their names and boundaries changed, you may need to determine previous church units to locate an ancestor’s records. Many wards and branches were dissolved or combined with other wards. Some branches were dependent on other branches or wards, so their records were sometimes kept with that parent unit.

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  • Mormon Places - online, interactive gazetteer of thousands of places of interest to the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Ward and Branch Boundary Information[edit | edit source]

The following sources help identify ward, branch, stake, and mission boundaries:

  • Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[1] (Family History Library book 289.309 J453e; film 496776; fiche 6053258 [set of 12]; index on film 928073 item 8; fiche 6051304 [set of 3]) includes brief histories of early wards and branches. It tells when they were formed and names early priesthood leaders up to 1930. It covers Utah and the mountain West in great detail, and other places in a more general way. This is indexed in the Early Church Information File.
Online versions:
  • LDS Place Names Gazetteer[2] (Family History Library book 289.3 W213L; film 1059499 item 5) identifies many small areas in the western United States, Mexico, and Canada where members lived and names of the wards or branches they attended. Many obsolete ward and branch names are given with their new names. This book includes many references not found in the Encyclopedic History of the Church.
  • The Mormon Subject/Locality File. [Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981?] This set of drawers contain cards that lists the date a ward or branch was organized, which Church unit it was created from, and the Church units into which it was divided. The file is worldwide in scope.
  • Alphabetical Index to Ward and Branch Organization[3] (Family History Library films 471843 and 471844) includes dates of organization, name changes, and other information about wards, branches, and missions. The reference numbers on cards are obsolete reference numbers to the Historical Department (now Church History Library) Membership Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, these numbers still appear on the membership films. Researchers can use this source to see if the membership records in the Family History Library are the same ones available in the Church History Library.
  • MormonPlaces is "an interactive database (a gazetteer) of the geographic locations that are significant to the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its sister churches of Joseph Smith's Restoration movement. This will eventually include congregations, settlements, cemeteries, buildings, and even historical events." It is hosted by Brigham Young University.

For more current ward boundary information, contact local Church leaders. You can find local congregations listed in a local telephone directory under "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

Ward Boundary Maps[edit | edit source]

You may need to use maps along with other sources to determine the ward a Church member lived in. For example if you only have your ancestor’s address, you may be able to use a map to find out which ward he or she attended. For sources that help you find an address see Latter-day Saint Directories or Census Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ogden, Utah.[edit | edit source]

Ellis, D. W. The D. W. Ellis Map of Ogden City, Utah Territory, 1891. Scale 1:6000. N.p., 1891. (Family History Library map 979.228/O1 E7e). Includes boundaries of five wards.

Ogden City, Utah. Engineering Department. Map of Ogden City, Weber County, Utah Showing Names of Streets. Scale 1:1000. Ogden, Utah: Ogden City Corp., 1928. (Family History Library map 979.228/01 E7oc). Shows boundaries of 21 wards.

Provo, Utah.[edit | edit source]

Map of Provo City, Utah, North of Center Street. Scale 1:3,600. N.p., 1985. (Family History Library map 979.224/P1 E7m). Includes 1884 Church ward boundaries.

Saint George, Utah.[edit | edit source]

Hardesty, Patricia N. Pioneer Map City of St. George, Washington County, Utah, Index with LDS Wards. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982. (Family History Library book 979.248/S1 E7p index; fiche 6031575).

Salt Lake City, Utah, and Vicinity.[edit | edit source]

"General Plan of Great Salt Lake City" in B.H. Roberts’ A Comprehensive History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Volume 3. 1930. Reprint, Orem, Utah: Sonos Publishing, 1991. (Family History Library book 289.309 R541c). This map is found between pages 281 and 282. The map shows 20 Salt Lake City wards in 1860. The ward numbers are the numbers in larger type font on the map (not the smaller numbers in the middle of each block). Sugarhouse ward boundaries went east and south of the 1st ward. Since the ward boundaries have not changed much since they were established, this map is useful for over a long period of time. This map is not found in the compact disc version of this book.

Street names were slightly different before 1970. You can mark the old street names on the map as follows. The street (running east and west) at the bottom of the map was Ninth South Street. Heading north the streets went in order from Eighth South Street to First South Street. Continuing north you came to South Temple Street, and then North Temple Street. The next street north was First North Street. The streets continued in this order up to Fifth North Street. The street (running north and south) on the right-hand side of the map was Tenth East Street. Heading west from Tenth East the streets went from Ninth East Street to Second East Street. Continuing west was State Street, then Main Street, and then West Temple Street. To the west of West Temple Street was First West Street, on over to Eighth West Street.

Heading north or south away from South Temple Street, the even numbered addresses are on the right side of the street and odd numbered addresses on the left. Heading east or west away from State Street, the even numbers are on the right, and the odd numbers are on the left side of the street. Most blocks were allotted 100 possible address numbers, so that Ninth South Street was also known as 900 South, and Eighth South Street was also called 800 South, Seventh South was 700 South, and so forth. The address 956 East 800 South would be on the north side of block 1 on the map.

Morgan, Nicholas G. Pioneer Map: Plat "D" and Empire Mill Tract, Great Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. N.p., 1847. (Family History Library map 979.225 E7mn). This source includes an index to land owners and lists the wards where they lived.

Morgan, Nicholas. G. Pioneer Map: Great Salt Lake City, Great Basin, North America. Salt Lake City, Utah N.p., [1851?] (Family History Library map 979.225 E7man; fiche 6051237). This source contains the names of the major land owners in Salt Lake wards in the 1850s. For an index see:

Grundvig, David L. Index to Pioneer Map, Great Salt Lake City, for 1850s. Salt Lake City, Utah Typescript, 1981. (Family History Library book 979.225 E7man index). This map includes an alphabetical list of the landowners. It is indexed in the Early Church Information File.

"Salt Lake City 1885." Deseret News 1985 Church Almanac. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News, 1984. (Family History Library book 289.305 D457). Page 317 has a map of the 1885 ward boundaries in Salt Lake City.

Map of Salt Lake City and Vicinity, Utah, 1888. Scale 1: 2,534,400. New York: G. W. and C. B. Colton, 1888. (Family History Library map 979.2258 E7mo; fiche 6017085). This map includes the names of property owners. For an index see:

Grundvig, David L. Index to Map of Salt Lake City and Vicinity, Utah, 1888: Listing Names of Major Landowners and Tentative Ward Areas Outside of S.L.C. Proper. Manuscript, 1981. (Family History Library book 979.2258 E7mo index; fiche 6017085). This is indexed in the Early Church Information File.

Salt Lake City and Southern Suburbs: LDS Wards as of September 1, 1954, Subject to Change. Scale 1: 30,000. Salt Lake City, Utah: Salt Lake Real Estate Board, 1954. (Family History Library map 979.225 E7s 1954). This map shows ward boundaries in the Salt Lake area in 1954.

  1. ↑Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Publishing, 1941.
  2. ↑Ward, Jill Anderson. LDS Place Names Gazetteer. [Salt Lake City, Utah]: Family History Library, 1986.
  3. ↑Alphabetical index to ward and branch organization. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1967.

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The Best Church History and American History Road Trip Route

How to travel by car from Ohio to Boston seeing all the church history sites and and American history sites with your kids.  Tons of road trip details to make it a great trip!

This past summer we took went on an amazing trip back east to travel through Church History sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The church is rich with history, true stories of struggle and faith, and you can visit so many of the places where the actual events happened.  We also spent some time in Niagara Falls, New Jersey and Boston, Massachusetts so we could see some of America’s great historical sites as well.  It was an epic family road trip–one I have wanted to do almost my whole life.  So to finally get a chance to see these places was a dream come true.  If you are interested knowing the route we took and the itinerary for our family church history road trip, I’m sharing all of that below and giving you some tips along the way.  I spent hours researching and trying to make all of this stuff happen in 10 days, so I hope this family road trip through Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts will help you too.

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Here’s our full itinerary for a 10 Day Church History and American History Road Trip:


A few things to keep in mind:  We flew into Cleveland, Ohio and then rented a car and drove all the way with that car until flying out of Boston, MA.  This worked well for us since we only had 10 days but if you have time to drive to Ohio, just use this itinerary to help you figure out the church history sites.  I will add the hotels and areas we stayed in as much as possible.  We also have older kids.  My kids are all tweens and teens at the time of this trip so that makes travel easier in some ways, especially packing up luggage everyday and staying in different hotels. 


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Arrive in Cleveland, Ohio.  We flew into the Cleveland airport.  It is very near Kirtland, OH which was our first destination.

We stayed at a Comfort Inn in Mayfield Heights, OH.  This location is very close to Kirtland.  We were able to unload, rest for the night and then get on our way with just a short drive for our first stop.


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Visit Kirtland, Ohio. 

We got up early and made it to the Kirtland Temple right as it opened about 9 am.  They do tours there for $5.00 per person every hour on the 1/2 hour and they last for about an hour long.  Remember that this historical site is NOT owned or operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but it has valuable historical information about Joseph Smith and the early Saints in that area.  Definitely worth stopping for, but we did enjoy the other history sites much more.


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After this tour we drove a very short distance in Kirtland to other historical sites that are owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of of Latter-day Saints. There we were able to see the Newel K. Whitney Store (we loved this one!), the Whitney Home, and the Ashery and Sawmill.  This tour was FREE and took us about 1-2 hours.  The visitor’s center there had restrooms and drinking fountains (and air conditioning!). 

For lunch we packed a picnic lunch and ate it at the Morley Farm historic site.  They have grass and picnic tables for visitors to use.  There are not a lot of places to get food around these sites otherwise unless you drive back into the main part of Kirtland.  I suggest bringing food with you.  There is also a tour at the Morley Farm. It is very short though but still just as interesting.  

Afternoon: Drive to Erie, Pennsylvania.  After lunch we got back on the road and drove about 1 hour via I-90 to Erie, PA.  This was a beautiful drive . . . by the way, and we made it to Erie and stayed at a hotel that had a water park called The Splash Lagoon connected to it!


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The Splash Lagoon is an indoor water park similar to the Great Wolf Lodge.  It has 3 different hotels connected to it, so you can stay in any of them and still get passes to the water park as part of your stay.  We stayed at The Residence Inn and found a deal that gave us 4 Splash Lagoon tickets and a King Suite room for only $199.  Guests are allowed to start swimming at noon on the day of their check-in (even though you can’t get into your room until 4 pm), and then your tickets are good for swimming the next day as well.



Review of Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Hotel in Erie

They have areas for younger kids and big slides, lazy river, wave pool, and much more for older kids and adults.  This was a great way to relax and just play after all the intense travel (flights, driving, and visiting historic sites).  I highly recommend adding in something just for fun to your historical road trip.


Day 3 

Drive to Niagara Falls in New York.  After swimming all evening and a good night’s rest we got up and drove 2 1/2 hours to Niagara Falls State Park near Buffalo, NY.  We decided to stay on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls since we had one child that did not have a passport, and I was told that you need one now to go to the Canada side, not totally sure if that is true though . . . anyone know?  Anyway, we thought the U.S. side was still wonderful though we’ve been told the Canada side is better. 



We did the Maid of the Mist Boat Tour and were able to go right down into the falls and see it up close.  So we really felt like it was still a good experience.



This picture above shows you basically how much you can see of the falls from the U.S. side.  The Maid of the Mist tour takes you on a boat right up close the the falls.  I LOVED IT!  They give you each a free poncho because you definitely get wet.  The loud roar and majesty of the fall is spectacular.  We still felt like we experienced Niagara Falls doing it this way and I recommend it if you only have a short time to visit.  Overall, this took us about 3 hours.


Afternoon/Evening:  Drive to Palmyra, New York.  After this we drove the 2 hours east to Palmyra area in New York state.  We actually found a hotel in Victor, NY.  It was a Homewood Suites with small kitchen and a suite-sized room.  This hotel served breakfast and a light dinner every night–awesome way to feed my hungry teens!  We stayed here for 2 nights.  Also, there are lots of toll roads in this area.  They are not too expensive, but they are kind of a pain.  Just FYI.


Palmyra Temple Photo by Lisa Jorgensen

Visit the Palmyra Temple.  We took the rest of the afternoon and evening visiting the Palmyra Temple.  We called ahead and scheduled to do a session here with our teens.  Only members with a special recommend are allowed to go inside the temple, but the grounds are open for other guests to enjoy.  I love the stillness and quiet at the Palmyra temple.  It’s far away from traffic and a busy city so it’s very peaceful there.  It overlooks the area of The Sacred Grove and it’s very serene. 

Afterwards we had perfectly awesome ice cream shakes at the Palmyra Chill & Grill.  It’s a hamburger stand with all the good stuff . . .just ask the locals or the missionaries about it.  So dang good.



Day 4

Visit Palmyra and Hill Cumorah.  We decided to take a little extra time in the Palmyra area. There is a lot to see here and we wanted to have time to soak it in.  The first day we visited the Smith Family Farm and decided it was one of our favorite places.  Tons to see here . . . the Smith Log Home, the Smith Frame Home and barn, the Cooper Shop, the Welcome Center, and The Palmyra Temple.


In the morning, we started our day at the Sacred Grove.  We went pretty early in the morning and had the grove mostly to ourselves.  We did pass the gardener and a missionary, but otherwise it was still and peaceful as can be.

The Sacred Grove is a quiet grove of trees located right by the Smith Farm and it is where Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in the First Vision.  As far as I know, there is no tour for this and it’s just a self-guided kind of thing.  The morning light shining through the trees was simply perfection and I was able to get many beautiful pictures.  We let our children separate in this grove and just sit and think.  They have many benches around and we just found a peaceful place to ponder and enjoy it.  This by far was one of our favorite experiences.



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This Smith Farm area opens at 9 am.  There are FREE tours at the Smith Farm and all the sites owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Each home has a very interesting story and we loved being able to go inside and see where everything happened.  The grounds are beautiful here as well!  We also went to the Hill Cumorah Site to see where the gold plates were buried and found.  There is a visitor’s center here as well and you can walk up to the top of the hill.  There is also a back route that we were told was the way Joseph Smith would have gone on the night he was given the plates.  That is the way we went and it was definitely the more scenic and shady route.  We missed the Hill Cumorah pageant, but I’ve heard that is something cool to see if you are there at that time.



The next stop was the Grandin Building where The Book of Mormon was printed.  This is actually a much bigger visitor’s center than I expected!  Definitely worth a stop here.  The site has FREE tours and a lot of interactive and interesting information for families.  There’s more than one floor of displays and information and it’s a great museum.  Kids will enjoy this one, I think.  This is located in Palmyra, just a few blocks away from all the other sites.



Whitmer Farm in Fayette New York

Afternoon: Drive to the Whitmer Farm in Fayette, NY.  The Whitmer Farm is a short drive from Palmyra.  It seems like it took us 30-45 minutes to drive there.  This is the site where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was first organized.  You can go inside the Peter Whitmer home and there is also a large Visitor’s Center there, complete with restrooms and drinking fountains.  They have movies and displays to see here.  The tours are FREE here as well and we liked this one.  I really felt the goodness of this place and learned so much about the early days of the church here.

On the way back we stopped at Sauder’s Amish Store for the BIGGEST ICE CREAM CONES EVER.  The missionaries recommended this place to us.  Amish food, jams, jellies, goods, and food.  And the ice cream cones are huge.  And delicious.

Then it was back to our hotel in Victor for one more night.  We were able to get almost all of Palmyra done in a day and a half.  You could definitely spend more time there, depending on the attention span and stamina of your kids, but we felt like this was a sufficient amount of time to see everything.  Just in case we needed more time, we did plan a little extra time in our schedule, just in case.


Day 5

Drive to the Priesthood Restoration Site in Pennsylvania.  The Priesthood Site is in kind of a random area in PA, near the Oakland Township (27832 St. Road 171 according to Google Maps).  It’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Palmyra.  So we got up early and started this drive.  This day has a lot of driving ahead, so stay tuned. . . .


The Priesthood Site is a not like it used to be, I’m told.  In the past it was really only a monument or something.  But now it has A LOT of stuff to see.  WE really enjoyed this stop.  It has Joseph and Emma’s home (we learned a lot about the translation of the Book of Mormon here–stuff I never knew before!).  There’s also Emma’s childhood home, the priesthood monument, and the actual site of the Aaronic Priesthood restoration in a beautiful grove of trees near the visitor’s center there.  There’s also a cemetery there where you can see the grave of Emma and Joseph’s child and Emma’s parents.  Then a little way down the road is the Susquehanna River where more keys to the priesthood were restored (pictured above).  There is a place you can park and walk down a little way to sit on the bank of the river.  Worth a quick stop for sure.  We learned a lot in this area, so I highly recommend it.

Afternoon: Drive to New Jersey.  With the bulk of our church history sites over with, it was time to get to Boston and see some American history.  But we really wanted to stop and see the Statue of Liberty so we made a quick detour and drove over to Morristown, New Jersey (3 hour drive) where we had a hotel for the night.  We stayed at a Best Western Plus or the Morristown Inn in New Jersey.  This one was a little older but had some patriotic flare to it.  It came with free breakfast and we used the gym facilities since we had been driving a total of 5 hours that day.


Day 6

Drive to Liberty State Park to see Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty.  When researching how to quickly see the Statue of Liberty without getting caught in New York City traffic, I found out that you can get a Statue of Liberty Tour on the New Jersey side starting at Liberty State Park.  We could see the beautiful statue without dragging our kids to New York City in the middle of the hot summer (I figure that’s a trip to do another time).


Tips to see Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

You can park at Liberty State Park and then head over to the water’s edge to get in line for the ferry.  The tickets to take the ferry to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are combined into one.  You can purchase them ahead of time online at Statue Cruises, which I highly advise you to do, because they go fast.  We ordered ours a couple months in advance and tickets to the very top of the statue at the crown were already sold out.  However we were able to get tickets to the next highest point of the pedestal.  It cost us $83.00 total for 5 people to do this, including Ellis Island and the ferry ride.

Loved the stop at Ellis Island too.  Look at the picture above ^^.  It’s such a gorgeous building and the museum inside is spectacular with many displays, information, a movie, and help finding ancestors too.  I was able to find my great-grandma and her mother on the Wall of Honor because they crossed the ocean from Switzerland and immigrated during this time period.  Pretty darn cool.


How to see the Statue of Liberty without going to New York City

Going inside the statue up to the pedestal was still a memorable experience, even if it’s not the crown.  You climb steps to get up there and there’s a museum inside also.  You must go through security and cannot take certain items in.  Be sure to check that out before you go.  Great experience for all of us.  All the patriotic feels during this part.  Do not miss this experience if you can help it.  Our ticket time was at 11:00 am and we still had time to drive to Boston afterward.

Afternoon/Evening: Drive to Boston.  We took the rest of the day to drive all the way to Boston so we could spend a few days there seeing everything.  This drive took us about 4 hours to get to Waltham, MA (not quite to Boston, but still close).  We arrived late in the evening at the Embassy Suites by Hilton there.  Pretty awesome hotel, I must say one of our favorites . . . but also more pricey.



Day 7

Visit Boston Temple, Lexington Green, Minute Man Visitor’s Center.  For us this day was Sunday and we decided to go to church first thing in the morning at the Arlington Ward in Belmont, MA.  This church building is right by the Boston Temple so that was an obvious place to stop next.  Gorgeous temple, beautiful grounds, perfect for a Sunday stroll.


Boston Road Trip for families

Not far from the Boston Temple is Lexington and Concord.  These places are full of important sites to see.  I wish we had made more time to really study and see these, but we did get a basic feel and it was probably all my kids could handle in one day anyway.  So there’s the Lexington Green National Historic Site where the opening shots of the Revolutionary War were fired.  There’s a small visitor’s center there and some other historic sites that you can pay to see.  We did not do any of those though.  We wanted to keep it as free as possible.  There is a free tour guide dressed as a revolutionary out in the green there to give you historical facts and tell some stories.  

Next we visited the Minute Man Visitor’s Center.  Lots of good info here and a great movie to get your thinking about the American Revolution.  Again, lots more we could have done here and if you can spend more time, do it.  We had lunch here.  There were some picnic tables and we had our packed lunches.  This was only open until 5:00 p.m. so you gotta get there early enough to enjoy it.

Afternoon:  North Bridge and Visitor’s Center in Concord and Walden Pond.  Only a short drive away is Concord, MA and this is full of history as well.  The North Bridge and the Visitor’s Center are a must-see in my opinion.  The Old North Bridge is part of a fascinating story in the Battle of Concord on the first day of the Revolutionary War.  A park official was also there to tell us  the full story and he was one of the best story tellers I’ve every heard.  This is the place where the first enemy fell in this war.  Tons to learn here.

Also nearby are The Orchard House where Louisa May Alcott lived and was inspired to write Little Women.  The Concord Museum, the famous Walden Pond, and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where many American authors are buried like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Alcott family, and Henry David Thoreau . . . just to name a few.  We stopped at the Cemetery for a few minutes and it was cool to see all these authors (I majored in English, so you know . . .)

When the day was over we went back to our same hotel and enjoyed the rest of our Sunday.


Day 8

Visit Downtown Boston.  This day was our chance to see as much of downtown Boston as we could.  For this excursion we decided to ride the Boston Metro and avoid all the traffic.  Boston traffic is heavy and the roads are a little crazy, so riding the Metro made things easier.



We decided to walk The Freedom Trail (FREE with many historic sites along the way).  We started near Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  Many notable people have stopped there and given speeches (including President Obama).  There’s also entertainment and shops to see there. 



Then we walked to the Boston Massacre Site at the Old State House.  This is a historic site that you have to pay for the tour, so we actually just took pictures, looked at the spot of the massacre and then walked on.  Pretty cool to see though, I have to say.  Such an old building (for America)!



Afternoon:  Old North Church and North End Italian Food.  Next stop was Paul Revere’s house (it’s in a busy area and you also pay to go inside this one), and some famous Boston Italian food in the North End for lunch at the highly rated Ben Cotto restaurant.  I had THE BEST pumpkin ravioli with a delicious butter sage sauce.  I’m still dreaming about it.  On a different day we went back to the North End and tried another Italian restaurant that was just as good.  So may options . . . you gotta stop there.

Continuing on our walk we made it to the Old North Church that is famous in Paul Revere’s story (one if by land, two if by sea . . . remember that?).  And then you can continue on to Bunker Hill and the famous neighborhoods of Beacon Hill too near the Boston Common.  We did not quite make it to those because we were tired and hot by then.  So we turned around and headed for home, but not before stopping at the AMAZING Ghirardelli Chocolate Ice Cream Shop in Faneuil Marketplace on the way back.  Best ice cream sundaes on a hot afternoon!


The wayside inn review

For our hotel this night we stayed at The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA.  This inn is THE OLDEST OPERATING INN in AMERICA!  It’s famous for being part of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poetic book Tales of a Wayside Inn from 1863.  It’s 300 years old and it’s rich with history.  There’s an amazing restaurant and old-time rooms you can stay in.  The grounds are beautiful with an old church, school house, grist mill, and it’s all actually quite picturesque.  This was a highlight of our trip!  We loved it so so much.  I definitely recommend staying here, eating at the restaurant, or at least stopping by for a few minutes to look around.   


Day 9

Visit Wayside Inn, Boston and Red Sox Game.  So by day nine we were tired.  We were feeling lazy after our busy Boston day.  So we slept in and we had an amazing breakfast at The Wayside Inn.  Then we spent the morning being slow and just exploring The Wayside Inn grounds and property (there’s a lot to see).  And then honestly, I don’t remember what else we did that day.  It was a do-whatever-kind-of-day . . . it’s kind of a blur, that is until we went to the Boston Red Sox Game at the historic Fenway Park.


Tickets at Fenway Park are pricey.  This was definitely a one time splurge for our family but it was worth it to be a part of this piece of Americana.  Very nostalgic and classic.  We had hot dogs, of course, and cheered like crazy.  Though I do have to say it was super muggy and humid the night we were there and I was STICKY the whole time.  But it was still just pure awesome and a once in a life time opportunity.  Really got me in the mood to watch A League of Their Own, you know what I mean?


Day 10

Visit John Adams National Historic Park in Quincy, MA.  Our final day of our trip was one of my very favorites.  I loved visiting the homes of John Adams.  I’m a huge history buff and one of my favorites is John Adams.  His home and personal items are so perfectly preserved and there is a lot to see here.  In one trip, with one ticket, you are taken by trolley service to see 3 homes.  First you see the birthplace home of John Adams (and it is OLD and yet so well preserved).  Then you go to the home he and Abigail lived during much of their early years of marriage and where John Quincy Adams was born.  The tour guides really know there stuff here and they fill you with great stories and information.  LOVE LOVE LOVE IT>


Finally, you go to Peacefield, the final home of John and Abigail and the place where they both died.  It was left in the Adams family for many generations and you can see it just as they left it.  All the items in the home belong to someone in the Adams family.


Boston Road trip tips

So may pieces that belonged to John, Abigail, John Quincy, and many others who came after before it was turned into a historical site.  There’s also the famous Stone Library that contains over 12,000 volumes of classic literature.  This collection is highly valuable and contains so many wonderful books and my English major heart was so happy.  And most notable for the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that this library contains Emma Smith’s copy of the 1841 Book of Mormon.  If you ask about it, the tour guide will tell you if they can.  {READ MORE ABOUT THAT HERE}

I could’ve stayed here for hours, but we were on a time crunch since we had flights to go home on this evening and had to get to the airport.  And that basically ended our 10 day church history and American history trip in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Boston.  I hope this helps you get an idea of how long the traveling takes and where to stop along the way. 

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Mormon Historical Sites in MO, IL and UT

List of historic sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds a number of sites as historically significant. This list is intended as a quick reference for these sites. The sites may or may not be owned by the church.

In addition, independent historic registries have recognized a number of current or formerly church-associated properties, such as the L.D.S. Ward Building in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by adding missing items with reliable sources.




Other Northeast[edit]




Other Midwest[edit]


Salt Lake City[edit]

Other West[edit]


See also[edit]


  • "Historic Sites",, Locations and Schedules, LDS Church
  • "Mormon Historic Sites Registry",, Mormon Historic Sites Foundation
  • Jackson, Richard H. (1992), "Historical Sites", in Ludlow, Daniel H (ed.), Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan Publishing, pp. 592–595, ISBN , OCLC 24502140

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At the conclusion of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple dedication in 2002, President Gordon B. Hinckley requested that those attending take a “walk down Parley Street to the waterfront,” to the landing on the Mississippi River where the Saints crossed into Iowa and began their westward trek.

According to the LDS Church News, President Hinckley “asked members to leave behind the comfort of their air-conditioned cars, to walk and take time to read plaques along what is designated as the Trail of Hope … and read of those who left behind the beautiful temple.”

“’Look across to Iowa,’ President Hinckley said, inviting the members to ponder those past events,” the article said. “He asked that they imagine that it wasn’t a hot day in June, but a day of bitter cold in February, the month when the first company of Saints left Nauvoo under dire circumstances.”

Following the dedication, thousands crowded onto Parley Street to take the somber stroll and capture the spirit of the pioneers' winter exodus.

Since then, experiencing the Trail of Hope has become one of the memorable activities for families that visit Historic Nauvoo.

“It’s one of those special things we suggest families do,” said Elder David Pincock, site leader at the Nauvoo Visitors' Center. “It helps us appreciate our heritage and all those ancestors that lived before us and blazed new trails.”

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit historical sites owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois, as well as other U.S locations. In order to help families have a memorable experience when visiting the sites, the Deseret News has compiled information and helpful tips for those planning to embark on a church history vacation.

Palmyra, New York

In New York, popular LDS Church history sites include the Hill Cumorah Visitors' Center, the Sacred Grove, the Smith Family Farm, the Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site, and the Peter Whitmer Log Home. Each summer, thousands flock to see the outdoor theatrical Hill Cumorah Pageant.

Elder Steven H. Stewart, a missionary serving as director of the Hill Cumorah Visitors' Center, also recommends a collection of museums known as Historic Palmyra. Historic Palmyra, not owned by the church, consists of four museums: The William Phelps store and home, the Palmyra print shop, the Alling Coverlet museum and Palmyra Historical Museum. There is a small admission fee, but Stewart says it’s a gem and worth the visit. Over the years missionaries have served as volunteers for Historic Palmyra and a genuine friendship has been developed with owners Steve and Bonnie Hays, who are friends of another faith, according to Stewart.

Elder Stewart and his wife, Sister Ann Stewart, say it is not necessary to visit sites like the Hill Cumorah or the Sacred Grove to gain a deep testimony of the gospel, but it’s “a wonderful blessing to stand in these holy places and contemplate what occurred there.”

“The mission Joseph Smith accomplished seems even more daunting when you see the personal circumstances under which he and his family helped to bring forth such a great work,” the Stewarts wrote in an email. “The sacrifices Joseph and his family were willing to make so we might have the Book of Mormon are overwhelming to us. … We are reminded by our presence here that each of us can find our own Sacred Grove, whether we are in Palmyra, New York, or anywhere else on the face of the earth.”

To help families have a memorable experience, the Stewarts suggest each family member come prepared with questions to ask.

“The guided visits with our sisters or couples are interactive and fun,” the Stewarts wrote. “Thoughtful questions … could start the process that leads to a meaningful experience.”

Another suggestion for families might be to assign each family member to research a different topic or person related to a historical site.

“A short report on a simple topic or historical figure will not only encourage a desire to learn more about what happened here, it will also stimulate a personal interest in what they will see,” the Stewarts wrote.

For more information about the church history sites in New York, visit the Hill Cumorah Visitor's Center page at or the Hill Cumorah Visitors' Center Facebook page.

Kirtland, Ohio

According to Elder Robert E. Sorenson and his wife, Sister Marcia Sorenson, a senior missionary couple and the directors of the Historic Kirtland Visitors' Center, it’s possible to see all the area's best church history sites in one day. That includes the Kirtland Temple (not owned by the LDS Church), the Newel K. Whitney home and store, the Kirtland Ashery, the sawmill, the stone quarry, the John Johnson home and farm, the Isaac Morley farm, the visitors center and more.

“Everything is within close proximity,” Elder Sorenson said. “Most people don’t know as much about Kirtland and they pass by. But Kirtland is where the Savior appeared more than any other place. There were more revelations given to the Prophet Joseph Smith here than any other place.”

It was during his time in Kirtland that Joseph Smith received 65 sections of the Doctrine and Covenants, worked on his translations of the Bible and was severely beaten, tarred and feathered. He taught the school of the prophets and received Section 89, which contains the Word of Wisdom.

Sorenson related one story of a man who toured the sites. Upon learning that church members put their chewing tobacco and pipes in the fireplace in response to the revelation, he reached into his pocket and handed the sister missionaries his can of Copenhagen tobacco, never to chew again. He later joined the church.

“He had a hard time quitting for 10 to 15 years,” Sorenson said. “People come here and feel the spirit of the place. They feel the spirit of the Savior and it impacts them. When my wife and I were called here, we’d heard of Kirtland but had no idea about the feelings of being on holy ground. These feelings have strengthened and enlarged our testimonies. Our lives will never be the same.”

For families to have the ultimate experience at Kirtland, Sorenson suggests parents teach their children about sites before they come. They tend to have a better experience when they appreciate what they see, he said.

“Parents should prepare their children for a good spiritual experience,” Sorenson said. “If parents would, as they travel here, tell their children something about the history of the church, it would really benefit them.”

For more information, go to the Historic Kirtland Visitors' Center Facebook page at

The Missouri sites

The No. 1 Mormon site to see in Missouri is the Historic Liberty Jail, said Elder Douglas Brenchley, director of the Missouri Independence Visitors' Center.

“Considering the significance of the revelations received and the lessons learned by the Prophet Joseph during the four-plus months of incarceration, that jail is a sacred spot and a stunning experience for most everyone that comes,” Elder Brenchley said.

Families would also benefit from a visit to the Independence Visitors' Center, the temple corner stones at Far West, Adam-ondi-Ahman, the site of the Hawn’s Mill massacre, various sites in Richmond (including a location where Joseph and other leaders were held before going to Liberty Jail) and numerous smaller sites of historical significance, Brenchley said.

“There are all kinds of little things for the traveler who wants to see everything,” Brenchley said. “There are significant lessons to be learned that could bless people and families. There is a tenderness and sacredness you feel when standing in those sites.”

When asked about tips for families, Brenchley agreed with Sorenson in terms of educating children before coming. “The best thing you can do is prepare them before you get here,” he said.

His second tip — bring bug spray. If planning to walk around Adam-ondi-Ahman or fields of tall grass, there will be chiggers and ticks.

“If you are prepared, you shall not itch,” Brenchley said.

Finally, give yourself plenty of time.

“If you will just spend a couple of days in the area you will have a good experience,” Brenchley said.

For more information, visit the Independence Visitors' Center Facebook page at

Nauvoo, Illinois

There is no shortage of activities for families in Historic Nauvoo. A ride on a wagon around the village of replica homes, shops and buildings will give a sense for the rich history of the area. Visitors can also walk the grounds of the Nauvoo Temple, attend a show or the Nauvoo Pageant, or drive 30 minutes away to see Carthage Jail. Families can plan their visit by going to, Pincock said.

“Make sure you have adequate time to come to Nauvoo," Pincock said. "You can’t see it in a couple of hours, you need three or four days."

Planning ahead is crucial, especially during the summer. Book a hotel months in advance, Pincock suggested. All events are free, but some require tickets, so inquire as soon as possible. Families can contact the Historic Nauvoo Visitors' Center at 217-453-2237, ext. 122, and request an electronic planning guide with a map, a list of sites, hotels, restaurants and other relevant information that will enhance a family visit to Nauvoo.

Another suggestion would be to do some family history work before you come, Pincock said.

“Did you have any ancestors or family members that lived in Nauvoo? Where did they live? Do you know their life history?” Pincock said. “That would make it a little more special.”

Regardless of what families are able to plan in advance, they are most welcome, Pincock said.

“Family life is what Nauvoo is all about,” Pincock said. “There is a fantastic feeling and special spirit in Nauvoo that is wonderful. You get a true feeling of the lives of the people that lived here. Sometimes we wonder if our kids are getting anything out of it, but they do. We want them to come.”

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