Whitmer Farm: Church Organization Site
Fayette, New York
Whitmer Farm, located near Fayette, New York, is the place where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in 1830. This historic site is open to the public. A reconstructed log home and a visitors’ center commemorate events associated with the organization of the Church. The visitors’ center includes artifacts, a film, and interactive displays about the translation of the Book of Mormon and the founding and growth of the Church. For information about visiting the Whitmer farm, click or tap here.
Peter and Mary Whitmer allowed Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to live in their home in June 1829 so the two men could complete the translation of the Book of Mormon. Joseph’s wife, Emma, later joined them there. The Whitmer farm was also the place where the angel Moroni showed three men, now known as the Three Witnesses, the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. On April 6, 1830, about 55 people gathered in the Whitmers’ home, where Joseph Smith presided over the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
On the 150th anniversary of the organization of the Church, President Spencer W. Kimball presided over a session of the Church’s general conference held at the Peter Whitmer Farm. On this occasion, President Kimball also dedicated the reconstructed log home. Today the Church’s membership is greater than 16 million. Latter-day Saints gather each Sunday in more than 30,000 congregations throughout the world.
Learn about Peter and Mary Whitmer’s farm, where Joseph Smith finished translating the Book of Mormon and organized the restored Church of Jesus Christ.
Examine the relationship between different sacred sites in Palmyra and Fayette, New York, and Harmony (Oakland), Pennsylvania—places of revelation and restoration.
Witness some of the trials and joys that Peter and Mary Whitmer’s family experienced as they became converted to the Savior and His restored gospel. Watch clips from the movie “A Day for the Eternities.”
Explore the reconstructed home of Peter and Mary Whitmer. Learn about the sacred events that occurred here and about the people who participated in those events.
Study this time line to see relationships between the Church’s historic sites in New York and Pennsylvania.
Find information that can help you plan a visit to the Smith Family Farm and Sacred Grove, the Hill Cumorah, the Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site, the Peter Whitmer Farm, and the Priesthood Restoration Site.