The Smith Family moved to Palmyra in 1816, just before the Erie Canal would Create Wealthy Victorian Towns and Prosperous Cities Between Albany and Buffalo
Palmyra became a successful Victorian town ans now important to the Mormon Religion, it was once the home of Founder Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith Home, Palmyra NY, Erie Canal
In 1825 The Erie Canal Opened a Water Route Of 365 Miles From Albany To Buffalo
The Erie Canal opened a huge area of the country to new settlers, immigrants, and those seeking freedom of speech and religion.
The canal followed the path of least resistance from the ocean to the Great Lakes; there were no major mountain ranges in its path.
The 363-mile canal was the first all-water link from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic's eastern seaports.
This link brought settlers and those seeking religious freedom and new land for farming.
The original canal was built starting in 1817 and completed in 1825
The smith family moved to Palmyra in 1816 and worked as coopers among other crafts and trades.
In the Fall of 1825 the Smith family moved onto a new home built by Joseph's brother Alvin.
Toady a complex of buildings a few miles outside of Palmyra's center recreates the Smith's home and is open to visitors.
A replica of the Smiths first cabin, the fields of hay and the woodlot called the Sacred Grove are open to visits.
Not far south from the homes of the Smith family, the hill where Joseph Smith received the tablets that he later translated into the Book of Mormon, the Hill Comorah, is now the scene of an annual pageant attended by thousands of visitors.
When the Smiths lived in Palmyra the old locks from 1825 were just four feet deep and 40 feet wide. They are now abandoned and have become town parks, walking trails, and a part of the heritage of the many canal villages.
The Coverlet Museum near the bike trail
Just a few miles south of Palmyra Center stands the recreated log cabin where the smith family first lived
The interior of the smith Family's second home on the farm of 100 acres near Palmyra
The smiths were coopers or barrel makers among other trades which included farming
The smiths second home in Palmyra has been faithfully restored
The smiths first home in Palmyra, the log cabin, has been rebuilt to the original footprint and the fields and woodworking shops preserved and restored...
The preservation the first canal era home of the smiths and the farm life has been meticulous.
Some of the interior of the second home is preserved original wood, crafted by Alvin, the eldest brother of Joseph Smith in the 1820s
The two Smith homes at the complex, the recreated first home, the log cabin, and a second home built in the 1820s by Joseph's brother Alvin for his parents to live in as they aged.
Near the homes and open to visitors, the grove of trees that was the smith's woodlot and the place where Joseph had a vision. The area is now called the Sacred Grove.
Not far south from the homes of the Smith family, the hill where Joseph Smith received the tablets that would become the Book of Mormon, the Hill Comorah, is now the scene of an annual pageant attended by 6000 visitors.
At the top of the Hill Comarah stands a monument to the angel Moroni
In 1818-1819 the Smiths built a cabin here recreated
Joseph Smith's Home was in Palmyra NY on the Erie Canal after his family moved from Vermont. The family settled in Palmyra when the Erie Canal opened the West for Trade and Travel and Palmyra became a prosperous town on the Canal.
The interior of the smith Family's second home is restored to the original.