Hill Cumorah Historic Sites
 

Peter Whitmer Farm
and Fayette Chapel
(1451 Aunkst Rd., Waterloo, NY 13165)


On April 6, 1830, in a small log home belonging to Peter Whitmer Sr., the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. and five other men formally organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first and second general conferences of the Church were also held here. It was in this home that Joseph Smith Jr. and Oliver Cowdery completed the translation of the Book of Mormon.

In the nearby woods an angel showed the gold plates to Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris and David Whitmer, in the company of the Prophet Joseph Smith. These were the same plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated.

The Log Home was reconstructed in 1980 and is an example of the type of log homes built when the Whitmers moved to Fayette, New York between 1807 and 1809. The Log Home is furnished with household artifacts of that same period.

Free guided tours daily.