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Historic Kirtland Visitors' Center
Kirtland, Ohio
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Come visit Historic Kirtland, a small settlement in northern Ohio, where members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered shortly after the Church was founded. Between 1831 and 1838 Joseph Smith and early members of the Church established Church headquarters in Kirtland, built a temple, and laid a foundation of strength for the future.

Kirtland has many places to visit while you are there. The visitor center, Mecantile, museum, videos, and gardens are free. There is a $2 preservation fee for The Kirtland temple tour. Other sites of interest include the North Kirtland temple cemetary, where many Saints of the 1830s are buried. Also, the Newell K. Whitney store, The Quarry, John Johnson Farm, John Johnson Inn, Isaac Morley Farm, Newell K. and Elizabeth Ann Whitney home, ashery, sawmill, and schoolhouse are points of interest. For groups of 15 or more, reservations are required for the temple. Visit and the church's website,10634,3986-1-1-1,00.html


The Saints settled in Nauvoo in 1839. Eventually church members were driven from Nauvoo, with the last leaving in 1846. In 1853, the first group of Mormon "tourists" came to Nauvoo before going to Salt Lake. Now that the temple has been rebuilt, it has become a Mormon tourist destination again.

There is so much to do in Nauvoo and surrounding areas. Attending the temple, of course, should be number one on your list. Carthage Jail, where the prophet was martyrd, is a short drive away. Many events, pageants, and tours take place in Old Nauvoo. Most are free of charge.

Many hotels are available in and around the city. One of the shining jewels is Hotel Nauvoo with one of the most delicious buffets you could ask for. Lodging is available in most price ranges, and can accomodate most sized groups.

Some places and events are seasonal, so plan accordingly. Visit for more information on events, accomodations, and details.