Smith Family Farm, Palmyra

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The Smith Family Farm was the boyhood home of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.
The farm—located in the townships of Palmyra, Wayne County and Manchester, Ontario County, New York—includes the Sacred Grove, the Smiths' restored frame home, and a reconstructed log home. The farm site passed into ownership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in 1916, and in the 1990s, the church restored the frame home, reconstructed the log home, and built a welcome center. Church missionaries provide free tours.
Joseph Smith, Sr., his wife Lucy Mack Smith, and some of their children moved from Norwich, Vermont, to Palmyra, New York, in 1816. In 1818 or 1819, the family built a log home near property owned by the estate of Nicholas Evertson of New York City, but did not enter a purchase agreement for the land until a land agent had been appointed in 1820. Smith, Sr. agreed to pay the Evertson estate between $600 and 700 for the 100acre farm. In 1825, the family moved into a larger and more comfortable frame home that they had built on the property but were unable to make payments on the land. A carpenter who had completed the house sued the Smiths for his costs in February 1825. A new agent for the Evertson estate also foreclosed on them, although a sympathetic Quaker, Lemuel Durfee, purchased the farm and permitted the family to rent the frame house until they returned to the log home in the spring of 1829. The Smiths left the area in 1830.
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  • We enjoyed our tour here. I was here 28 years ago, but this was my wife’s first time here. The area is starting to turn green, and winters chill is almost over. We went at 9 am, and was chilly outside...  more »
  • This is our second time here, but the first time in the winter. It is still very beautiful and peaceful.  more »
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  • I first went here in July and couldn't believe how beautiful it was. The spirit was so strong, and the sister missionaries did a wonderful job! This time I went in early March. It was very cold, but the different buildings are heated. The Grove was amazingly peaceful since there were no other people there this time. This tour is free of charge.
  • Same as an of the church history sites, it was fun, but younger children would not enjoy it. The Sacred Grove gave me the most amazing feeling that I have ever felt.

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