The family had been living in Vermont. They had two years of crop failure. The third year there was a frost again and again their crops failed. God was preparing them to move near to where the Hill Cumorah was so that Joseph could do all that needed to be done. Joseph Sr. came to New York first. He saw that it was a good place. So Lucy packs up the family and they begin to head to Palmyra. They ran out of money halfway to Palmyra and the wagon driver is angry. Lucy gathers her stuff and they join another family. Joseph is 10 years old and is still on crutches from his leg surgery. Joseph was pushed out of the wagon by children in the other family. They were a couple of miles from Palmyra and there was no way Joseph could have walked that far. He's worried and sad. But a man came along and carried Joseph the rest of the way.
The log home is an exact replica. There were 11 people living here. It is built on the same foundation with the same materials and the same tools that the Smiths would have used.
The Smiths were industrious but poor. A quaker gentelman ended up buying the frame home and renting it to them because they couldn't afford to keep it. Later the Smiths had to move because he gave the frame home as a wedding gift to his child.
|The Sacred Grove|
After we visited the Smith Farm and the Sacred Grove, we went to E.B. Grandin's print shop. I don't think I'd ever heard before that Grandin was only in the printing business for about 5 years. The missionary that gave us a tour explained the process of printing and compiling a book.
|E.B. Grandin and his wife|
|I loved reading these testimonies from early Church members.|
After the Grandin print shop, we went to Chill and Grill for lunch. We each got a hamburger and then we got a kiddie cone to share. Don't worry...a kiddie cone is big. 3 scoops. A small is 4 scoops.
|Our kiddie cone tipped upside down in a cup. It's bigger than it looks. These aren't Arctic Circle size kiddie cones!|
Next we headed to the small (but beautiful) town of Canandaigua...just a few miles from Palmyra. On the way, we saw this cool, historic train and I stopped to get a photo. We took a 90 minute, narrated paddle boat ride on the Canandaigua Lady. It was absolutely beautiful weather and beautiful scenery!
Canandaigua was incorporated as a city back in 1789. It's the county seat. There used to be a trolley that would come to the end of the pier. It brought people all the way from D.C. It also transported people and cargo from the pier to different places along the east coast.
In the finger lakes region, the higher the coastline/cliff edge, the deeper that area of lake is.
|Cool dragonfly on the grasses|
I think it would be so neat to be in the Hill Cumorah pageant some day. As you are sitting and waiting, the cast members come out in costume and talk to you. It sounds like such an incredible experience!
|Nephi (in the blue and red chevron) with a Lamanite in red|