Kirtland Travel Guide

  • Early spring sunshine on the Kirtland Temple
    Early spring sunshine on the Kirtland...
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  • Kirtland Temple, a early Mormon history node
    Kirtland Temple, a early Mormon history...
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  • The front facade of the Whitney Store
    The front facade of the Whitney Store
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Kirtland Things to Do

  • ANTI-BANKING SOCIETY OF KIRTLAND

    Nothing remains but the explanatory sign which sticks out of the ground at the site of the anti-bank bank. This ill-advised venture would cause the almost collapse of the Mormon venture in the Kirtland area and led directly to the departure of Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon and many of those that remained faithful to Smith’s leadership. For more on...

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  • COMMUNITY OF CHRIST VISITORS CENTER

    Mormonism is not a unitary movement but has seen schisms through much of its history. The major fault lines developed at the time of Joseph Smith’s murder near Nauvoo, Illinois in 1844. A leadership crisis and questions regarding the practice of polygamy led to the development of two major branches. The largest group are those that followed the...

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  • SIDNEY RIGDON HOUSE

    Almost across the street from the Kirtland Temple stands the house that used to belong to Sidney Rigdon and his wife. Rigdon is a man that doesn’t get much play in today’s LDS church. It was mostly because of him that the Mormon movement relocated from New York to Ohio in 1831. Rigdon was a Disciples of Christ preacher with a congregation in...

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  • LATTER DAY SAINT VISITOR CENTER

    The Utah branch of Mormonism is by far the most numerous one today. For many years the Latter Day Saints were isolated in their Great Basin homelands centered around Salt Lake City. During the latter part of the 20th century, church authorities decided to reclaim those parts of their historical heritage that they could. They have been reasonably...

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  • NORTH KIRTLAND CEMETERY

    On the north side of the Kirtland Temple you will find the local cemetery. Here you will find many several early Mormons buried within the grounds, including both John Johnson and his wife. They had left the Mormon church with many others as a result of the failure of the Kirtland bank in 1838.

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  • JOHN JOHNSON INN

    This was the first brick building built in the Kirtland area, erected in 1813. Purchased by the Mormon church in 1833, the building also served in addition to a public house as a temporary printing house following the destruction of the church printing press in Independence, Missouri in 1833. It was in this inn that Egyptian mummies purchased by...

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  • NEWELL K. WHITNEY STORE

    In September 1832, Joseph Smith, Jr., and his wife, Emma, moved back from the John Johnson farm in Hiram, Ohio - following his tar and feather incident at the hands of a local mob - and the lived in an apartment above the store for the next year. In that time, the store also served as the church’s headquarters and many of the revelations written...

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  • NEWELL K. WHITNEY HOUSE

    Newell K. Whitney had been living in Kirtland - though he had been born in Vermont just a few miles from where Joseph Smith, Jr., started life in Sharon, Vermont - and had been religiously affiliated with Sidney Rigdon. He converted with many others in the congregation during November, 1830. It was to Whitney’s house that Smith and his wife, Emma,...

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  • KIRTLAND TEMPLE

    In December 1832, Joseph Smith, Jr., revealed a commandment directing him to erect a temple in Kirtland. It was to be “a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.” Construction was not able to start until the following summer and was completed in the spring of...

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Kirtland Off The Beaten Path

  • FAIRPORT HARBOR

    Kirtland is about twelve miles south of Lake Eire. The nearest port was to be found at Fairport and the harbor was important as both a point of passage for the early Mormon ‘gatherers’ who came from the religion’s home grounds in New York and for missionaries who sallied forth throughout the then civilized areas of North America. Two lighthouses...

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  • JOHN JOHNSON FARM

    John Johnson came from New Hampshire originally, though he and his newlywed wife, Elsa, lived for awhile in Pomfret, Vermont, a short distance away from Joseph Smith’s birthplace of Sharon. They came to Hiram, Ohio in 1818 establishing a prosperous farm and building this large home in 1829. Members of the Methodist church, the couple converted to...

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