After being forced to leave the Independence area in 1833, Mormon refugees resettled to the north in the sparsely populated Caldwell County founding the community of Far West. Venturing further north in to Daviess County, the Mormon community of Adam-ondi-Ahman grew to over 1500 in the summer of 1838 shortly after Joseph Smith declared that this was where Adam and Eve had been exiled to after their fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden. Joseph had revealed earlier that the Garden of Eden had actually been located in Independence, so when the faithful were exiled from the modern day Garden of Eden what better paths to take then ones taken in ancient times. It was also here that many of the Kirtland, Ohio refugees - the Kirtland Camp - came to be settled. Alas, their stay was not long as conflict with non-Mormons who feared Mormon political control led to retreat to Far West and eventually to Nauvoo, Illinois.
Many prime sites in Mormon history are owned not by the main Mormon branch - the Utah-based LDS church - but they do own the 3000 acres making up Adam-ondi-Ahman - the name Mormons believe derive from the original Adamic language though translations run from ‘Adam’s grave’ to ‘Valley of God where Adam dwelt’ to ‘Adam with God’. The significance of the site to Mormons is that it was here Adam met his children three years before his death and bestowed his blessing upon them. It is also here that before the Second Coming, Adam will convene another meeting to turn the government of the human family over to Jesus Christ.