Book of Mormon Publication Site, Palmyra

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The Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site is a historic site located in the village of Palmyra, Wayne County, New York, United States. The historic site includes the E. B. Grandin Building and some neighboring structures. It was in the E. B. Grandin building that Egbert B. Grandin printed and sold the first copies of the Book of Mormon. Because of the building's historical significance to Mormonism, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) purchased it in 1978. In the mid-1990s the church restored the Grandin building, while remodeling and adding to some neighboring structures to create a visitors' center.Building HistoryEgbert B. Grandin's printing press and bookshop was located in the western most building of a complex originally known as Thayer and Grandin Brick Row, and later as Exchange Row. The complex of buildings was constructed in 1828, between Palmyra's Main Street and the newly finished Erie Canal (which has since been moved north), by Joel Thayer, Levi Thayer, and Phillip Grandin. Phillip Grandin was the older brother of E. B. Grandin, and soon after the complex was completed E. B. Grandin moved his business into what would become known as the E. B. Grandin Building.Grandin's bookshop and office were housed on the building's first floor, his book bindery and an attorney's office on the second floor, and the printing equipment — including two printing presses — on the third floor. In 1829 when Grandin was asked to publish the Book of Mormon, he was the publisher of The Wayne Sentinel newspaper. Eventually Grandin closed his bookshop and printing service, and the building has since housed numerous businesses. Both the building's interior and exterior were remodeled and updated several times through the years, including building additions, adding walls, new stairwells, dropped ceilings, plumbing, electrical systems, etc.
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  • We loved our 45 minute tour here. Tons of information and our guide took us through the process of how the Book Of Mormon was printed. I learned quite a bit.  more »
  • Fun place to look around and see some old fashioned tools. The missionaries are really nice and know a lot of fun facts. This is a good place for families with all ages.  more »
  • Fun and interactive. We spent about an hour here and then went to see the Alvin Smith grave. I wish we had gone into the gift shop next door, but we ran out of time. This is free and family friendly. It really makes you appreciate what the early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sacrificed to have the Book of Mormon.
  • This is a fascinating place wether you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints or not. They show the original process of printing and binding a book. Very interesting!

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