The Sacred Grove is where a young boy named Joseph Smith prayed for direction about what church to join. He was visited by God the Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ and received divine direction.
If you are LDS, this will be a special place for you. If not, you will probably find this a peaceful place in any case. It is best visited without a lot of crowds. Try a week day with rainy weather. Plan on taking about 45 minutes at least. See the Smith family farm too.
There are places nearby to prepare a lunch, if you bring the fixings.
This museum has the largest collection of homespun coverlets. The coverlets date from the 1830s and there are quilts from the 1880s on the second floor.
The coverlets are mostly hand-woven and are quite lovely. The museum curator will show you how the coverlets were made and show the progression of the equipment over the centuries.
Resident quilting experts will describe the quilting process and demonstrate how the intricate patterns were achieved from simple starting materials.
Hours are from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. each day. The gift shop, offering weaving items, souvenier coverlets, postcards, and other gifts, is also open.
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The Wayne County Fair is held annually in the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Palmyra, NY.
It is normally a five-day event that starts in the middle of August.(see website below for dates/times).
There are midway rides and 4-H exhibits and contests. The firemen and police and local politicians and school bands have a parade on the first evening. Food and arts and craft tents abound. There are plenty of agriculture displays and activities to keep both adults and kids entertained. There is a county pagaent and a queen elected. A demolition derby is normally scheduled for the last evening. (see the website below for a full list of this year's events).
The cost is $5 daily or $15 for all days. Parking is limited and you should see the website for best parking locations.
to get there:
Wayne County Fairgrounds, West Jackson Street
see the attached map for details on location
Mid-September; Palmyra; it must be Canaltown Days. Palmyra, "the queen of the canal" hosts a long line of craft vendors who sell their wares from colorful tents. There is an art sale and auction right next to the flea market. After the 5K foot race there is a short parade of local officials and high school queens and girl scouts and firemen with local brass bands for noise.
There are food and soft drink vendors galore. And a great time is had by all.
Come join us. see the website below for exact time and dates.
Every year, in Palmyra, thousands of people flock to a given hillside to witness again the birth of the Mormon religion. (see the website below for exact dates and time).
The event is a stirring play that takes place at night in the open. Even if you are not a member of the Mormon reilgious sect, you are bound to moved by the passion the actors (members of the congregation) put into the play.
There will be the obligatory pamphlets being handed out and the church members filtering through the crowds and asking if you wish to be saved. There are no facilities there at all, just a grassy hill. Bring your own chairs and water and a blanket.
We have been to this event several times over the last 30 years and it is always fascinating.
Palmyra has usually been a pretty safe area. A short rash of murders in the area have spiked the statistics for that crime and pushed the overall crime index for Palmyra to the "average risk" level from its normal "low risk" rating. The long term rating for the area will return to low risk I am pretty sure.
There are only a few registered sex offenders among the large population.
We have relatives in the area and they have not experienced any problems and consider the area to be generally safe. Tourists should be able to feel as safe also.
Use common sense and protect yourself by locking doors and staying away from unfamiliar areas late at night.