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 and is now important to the Mormon Religion, it was once the home of Founder Joseph Smith
Palmyra NY on the Erie Canal, Home of Joseph Smith
|In 1825 The Erie Canal Opened a Water Route Of 365 Miles From Albany To Buffalo
Palmyra New York, on the Erie Canal, was home Joseph Smith's Family when they moved from Vermont. They arrived just when the Erie Canal Opened the West for Trade and Travel
Palmyra became an important town on the Canal
The Erie Canal would open a huge area 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 with a depth of four feet, a width of 40 feet, and the use of 83 locks to lift boats a total of 570 feet from sea level on the Hudson River at Troy, to Lake Erie near Buffalo
Canals had long been dreamed of but it was the will of De Wit Clinton, the Governor of New York, that would make a State-wide seaway possible.
On October 26, 1825, the Governor and other dignitaries made the first passage aboard the boat Seneca Chief, a trip of ten days from Buffalo to New York City, a distance of 500 miles. There in NY Harbor Governor Clinton ceremoniously dumped a barrel of Lake Erie water into NY harbor calling it the, "Joining Of The waters.".
The smith family moved to Palmyra in 1816 and worked as coopers among other crafts and trades.
In the Fall of 1825 they had moved onto a new home built by Joseph's brother Alvin.
Erie Canal History
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 of the first canal era home of the smiths and the farm life they lived has been meticulous.
Some of the interior of the second home is preserved original wood, crafted by Alvin, in the 1820s, the eldest brother of Joseph Smith.
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 over 6000 visitors.
At the top of the Hill Comorah stands a monument to the Angel Moroni
Palmyra is a port on the canal and has tie up coin-operated pump out station for boats
In 1818-1819 the Smiths built their cabin, now recreated near Palmyra Center and the Erie Canal
The smiths second home in Palmyra still is partly original and faithfully restored