The Church’s historic sites are now fully open to the public and have returned to normal operations. Please see the pages for the individual sites below.
Sacred Grove: Palmyra and Manchester, New York
The Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York, is the site where Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, visited young Joseph Smith Jr. in 1820. That visit, often called the First Vision, began events that restored the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth.
Hill Cumorah: Manchester, New York
The Hill Cumorah in Manchester, New York, is the place where Joseph Smith met annually with the angel Moroni from 1823 to 1827. On September 22, 1827, the angel allowed Joseph to obtain the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon would be translated.
Whitmer Farm: Church Organization Site
Whitmer Farm, located near Fayette, New York, is the place where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in 1830 and where Joseph Smith received revelations from God to guide the new church.
Priesthood Restoration Site
The Priesthood Restoration Site in Oakland Township, Pennsylvania, is where Joseph Smith’s wife Emma grew up and where several significant events occurred, including the first baptisms in modern times by the same authority as that of John the Baptist.
What to Expect When You Visit the Priesthood Restoration Site
Historic Kirtland: Kirtland, Ohio
Historic Kirtland, in Kirtland, Ohio, includes a visitors’ center and six historic structures: a schoolhouse, a sawmill, an ashery, the Newel K. Whitney and Company store, Newel and Ann Whitney’s home, and the Johnson Inn, which now houses historical exhibits.
The Morley farm, located near Kirtland, Ohio, is where Isaac and Lucy Morley once lived.
The carefully restored home of John and Elsa Johnson in Hiram, Ohio, is a place where God gave profound revelations to Joseph Smith in the 1830s.
What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in Ohio
Independence Visitors’ Center: Independence, Missouri
The Independence Visitors’ Center, located in Independence, Missouri, is a Latter-day Saint visitors’ center that interprets the 1830s Latter-day Saint community that formed in this city. In 1831 the Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that Independence, in Jackson County, Missouri, would become a “city of Zion,” a gathering place for Saints, and a location for a future temple.
Liberty Jail, located in Liberty, Missouri, is a reconstruction of a jail where the Prophet Joseph Smith received divine revelations of comfort in March 1839. The reconstructed jail is housed within a Latter-day Saint visitors’ center that interprets these revelations about the persecutions and sufferings of the Saints and the peace promised to those who endure in faith.
In 1838, 17 Latter-day Saints were killed by vigilantes at Hawn’s Mill, a frontier settlement located in Caldwell County, Missouri. Today, Hawn’s Mill, located several miles northwest of Braymer, Missouri, is a peaceful commemorative landscape with trees and Shoal Creek on one side of a large, open field and farmland on the other.
What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in Missouri
Far West Temple Site: Far West, Missouri
The Far West Temple Site, located several miles northwest of Kingston, Missouri, is where Latter-day Saints began to build a temple in July 1838. Serving as the Church headquarters for a short time, Far West, in Caldwell County, Missouri, was also the location where the Lord revealed the full name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and established the law of tithing.
Adam-ondi-Ahman: Jameson, Missouri
Originally called Spring Hill, Adam-ondi-Ahman was a short-lived 1838 Latter-day Saint settlement located in Daviess County, Missouri. Today, Adam-ondi-Ahman, located a few miles southeast of Jameson, Missouri, is a place of beauty and quiet contemplation.
Historic Nauvoo is a cultural landscape that interprets the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Nauvoo, Illinois, from 1839 to 1846. Under the prophetic leadership of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, Latter-day Saints worked together during these years to build a faith-based community and a temple overlooking the Mississippi River. In addition to a Latter-day Saint visitors’ center, Historic Nauvoo includes many historical buildings and landscapes that have been preserved through restoration, rehabilitation, or reconstruction.
On June 27, 1844, the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred—killed by a mob that attacked them in Carthage Jail, located in Carthage, Illinois. The original jail has been carefully restored and is about a 30-minute drive from Historic Nauvoo.
Plan Your Visit to Historic Nauvoo
Nauvoo Performing Missionaries
The Kanesville Tabernacle, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is a reconstruction of the tabernacle built by the Latter-day Saints to provide a place to reorganize the First Presidency in 1847. In the tabernacle, Brigham Young was sustained as the President of the Church with Apostles Willard Richards and Heber C. Kimball serving as his counselors.
Mount Pisgah Monument
The Mount Pisgah Monument, located near the town of Thayer, Iowa, commemorates the Latter-day Saints who passed away at the temporary settlement of Mount Pisgah along the Mormon Trail.
What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in Nebraska and Iowa
Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters: Omaha, Nebraska
The Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters, located in Omaha, Nebraska, is a visitors’ center with exhibits about the westward migration of Latter-day Saints. It is situated on the historic location of Winter Quarters, a temporary Latter-day Saint settlement on the Mormon Trail.
What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in Nebraska and Iowa
Martin’s Cove: Mormon Trail Site
Martin’s Cove, located about 55 miles (89 kilometers) southwest of Casper, Wyoming, is the location where the Martin handcart company and the Hunt and Hodgett wagon companies sheltered while awaiting rescue in the fall of 1856.
Sixth Crossing: Mormon Trail Site
Sixth Crossing: Mormon Trail Site, located about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Lander, Wyoming, is the place where the Willie handcart company encountered the first rescue wagons in the fall of 1856. The location received the name Sixth Crossing because it was the spot where the Mormon Trail crossed the Sweetwater River for the sixth time.
Rock Creek Hollow: Mormon Trail Site
Rock Creek Hollow: Mormon Trail Site, located about 38 miles (61 kilometers) south of Lander, Wyoming, is the place where the Willie handcart company sheltered after the difficult ascent of Rocky Ridge during a severe snowstorm in the fall of 1856.
Trekking at the Mormon Handcart Historic Sites
The Mormon Handcart Historic Sites provide a unique, dedicated setting for visitors and trekkers to come unto Christ.
Pioneer Journeys—More Than a Trek
Every year, Latter-day Saints throughout the world put on bonnets or wide-brimmed hats, tennis shoes, sunglasses, and work gloves. They leave their homes for a few days so they can pull loaded wooden carts up and down hills and maybe even through streams.
What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in Wyoming
The Beehive House, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, served as President Brigham Young’s primary residence from 1855 until his death in 1877.
Cove Fort is located halfway between Beaver and Fillmore in south central Utah. It served as an important way station for travelers, the Pony Express, and telegraph lines from 1867 to the early 1880s.
Brigham Young Winter Home and Office
President Brigham Young lived in this home in St. George, Utah, during the winter months from 1870 to 1877. The adjacent office was built to facilitate the work of preparing the sealing and endowment temple ordinances for the dead, conducted for the first time in the St. George Utah Temple.
St. George Tabernacle
The St. George Tabernacle has functioned as a place of worship and a place for community gatherings since 1869—before its completion in 1876.
Because of Hamblin’s service among the American Indians in the region, the Hamblin home functioned as the headquarters for the mission.
What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in Southern Utah
Five Things You Should Know about the St. George Utah Temple
Discover interesting and inspiring details about the St. George Temple.
The First Modern Temple:
The History of the Cardston Alberta Temple
Tabernacle to Temple: Provo’s Legacy of Worship
The Provo City Center Temple incorporates materials and designs from the Utah Stake Tabernacle that caught fire in 2010. Learn about the houses of worship that have been built on this city block since the 1850s.
Pine Valley Chapel
The Pine Valley Chapel, located in Pine Valley, Utah, is a historic meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Paris Tabernacle, located in Paris, Idaho, is a historic meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Cody Mural Chapel
The Cody Mural Chapel, located in Cody, Wyoming, is a contemporary meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that features a large domed ceiling with a mural depicting scenes fr