Peter Whitmer Log Home, Waterloo

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The Peter Whitmer log home is a historic site located in Fayette, New York, United States, owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The current house is a replica of the original log cabin and at its original site, and was built in 1980 to mark the sesquicentennial of the founding of the church. In the early 19th century, it was the home of Peter Whitmer, Sr., his wife Mary Musselman Whitmer, and their eight children: Christian, Jacob, John, David, Catherine, Peter Jr., Nancy, and Elizabeth Ann, who lived on the property from 1809–1830. The house is prominent in the early history of the Latter Day Saint movement as the traditional location of the formal organization of the Church of Christ, the original name of the church founded by Joseph Smith on April 6, 1830, and is near the site where The Three Witnesses were shown the golden plates by the Angel Moroni in 1829. Joseph Smith and his wife Emma lived in the home with the Whitmers for six months in 1829, with a large part of the Book of Mormon being translated during that time. The house and adjacent visitor center are open year-round for public tours.

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  • What a wonderful place to visit! If you want to learn more about the beginnings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this is a great place to do it. The tour is completely free!  more »
  • We enjoyed our time here. We spent the morning in Palmyra, and then we drove here. We’re glad we did. The visitors center is attached to a beautiful chapel. The log home is definitely worth the drive.  more »

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