Places to Visit in Historic Nauvoo

    Historic Buildings

    Brigham Young Home

    Visit the home of Brigham Young, the second President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, leader of the Church’s movement to the West, and first territorial governor of Utah.

    610 Kimball St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Cultural Hall

    Visit the heart of Old Nauvoo’s social life. During the evening, it’s still the place to be! Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo, a musical drama documenting life during the city’s golden age, is performed nightly throughout the year (on demand).

    Main St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Heber C. Kimball Home

    Visit the brick home that the Kimball family occupied less than a year before they were forced to leave and faithfully gathered with the Saints for the westward trek.

    995 Munson St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    John Taylor Home

    Visit one of the earliest brick homes in Nauvoo. This beautiful federal-style home was built by John Ivins and later occupied by John Taylor, the third President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Main St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Jonathan Browning Home and Gun Shop

    Tour the Jonathan Browning Home and Gun Shop and learn about the humble beginnings of the worldwide Browning Arms Corporation. See authentic rifles, handguns, and shotguns from the early 1800s and their present-day counterparts.

    Main St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Lucy Mack Smith Home

    Tour the home of Lucy Mack Smith, the mother of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph Bates Noble, a justice of the peace in Nauvoo, built the home, stable, carriage house, and other outbuildings.

    S Hyde St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Lyon Drug Store

    Browse the shelves of an 1840s drugstore and discover the inventory of a period business establishment, including medicines, textiles, hardware, and household items.

    750 Hotchkiss St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Nauvoo Post Office

    The post office is part of a three-building complex that also includes the John Taylor home and the printing office.

    Main St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Pendleton Log Home and School

    Discover the interior of a log schoolroom and cabin—the most common housing in historic Nauvoo. Imagine calculating math problems with a slate board and a piece of chalk!

    745 Kimball St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Nauvoo Printing Office

    Imagine setting type for a weekly newspaper by hand, carefully placing each tiny letter in a composing stick backwards. Here you can see a period printing press and learn about the time-consuming labors necessary to print documents in the 1840s.

    Main St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354


    Sarah Granger Kimball Home

    Visit the home of Sarah Granger Kimball, a woman who played a vital role in establishing the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, a women’s organization dedicated to charitable acts and individual development. Today the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints carries on this legacy.

    Main St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Seventies Hall

    Tour Historic Nauvoo’s missionary instruction center and first library, where men and women once gathered to listen to Brigham Young and other Church leaders. The building now houses a museum of household artifacts.

    505 Parley St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Wilford Woodruff Home

    Tour the home of Wilford Woodruff, who became the fourth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is one of the finest and best-preserved brick houses of the 1840s—one of the few homes in Historic Nauvoo furnished with the original inhabitants’ belongings.

    N. Durphy St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Demonstration Trades

    Riser Home and Boot Shop

    Learn how an 1840s shoemaker used different grades of leather and wood to construct shoes. Also learn how pioneers “personalized” their shoes.

    Main St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Scovil Bakery

    Visit the Scovil Bakery to experience a baker’s lifestyle before the days of electric and gas ovens. See the baking equipment of the 1840s, including a bustle oven, an open hearth, and a spider pan.

    Main St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Stoddard Home and Tin Shop

    Visit the Stoddard home and view a restored 1840s tinshop, complete with tools and a demonstration of tinsmith techniques.

    Main St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Nauvoo Land and Records Office

    Discover who lived where in historic Nauvoo. Would you like to know if your relatives lived in the “City of Joseph”? Look them up!

    645 Partridge St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Interactive Activities

    Nauvoo Land and Records Office

    Discover who lived where in historic Nauvoo. Would you like to know if your relatives lived in the “City of Joseph”? Look them up!

    645 Partridge St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Family Living Center

    Discover candle making, rope winding, spinning, and other early crafts at the Nauvoo Family Living Center. Get a taste of what it was like to live in early Nauvoo.

    White St.
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

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