2016 Church History Tour
September 15 - 25
Sites to see include: Harmony, Palmyra, Niagara Falls, Kirtland, Liberty, Independence, Far West, Richmond, Jamesport (Amish area), Adam-ondi-Ahman, Carthage and Nauvoo.
Sept. 15, Thursday – Our group air on Delta airlines departs early morning from SLC and arrives in Rochester, New York at 5 p.m. Our motor coach will meet us at the airport and we'll continue on to Palmyra where we start our tour as we stand atop Hill Cumorah. Lodging – Palmyra Inn.
Sept. 16, Friday – Our day begins at the Smith farm with tours of the Log Home, Frame Home and Sacred Grove. We then visit the Martin Harris farm and Alvin Smith's grave before having lunch @ Aqueduct Park. This afternoon we tour the E. B. Grandin Bldg. (Book of Mormon publishing site). Lodging – Palmyra Inn.
Sept. 17, Saturday – Today we travel to Fayette, New York and tour the Peter Whitmer Sr. log home and visitors' center. Everyone will enjoy our stop in Harmony to visit the recently rebuilt home of Joseph & Emma Smith, the Hale home, and spend time in the newly built visitors' center. Lodging – Palmyra Inn.
Sept. 18, Sunday – We start the day with a 9 a.m. sacrament meeting in Palmyra. After a final drive through town, we travel on to Niagara Falls (American side) for a voyage on the Maid of the Mist before continuing on to Kirtland, Ohio. Lodging – Lawnfield Inn and Suites.
Sept. 19, Monday – We begin our day with a tour of the Kirtland Flats (LDS visitors' center, Newel K. Whitney store, home, sawmill, and ashery). We will then enjoy a tour of the Kirtland Temple. We'll also visit the North Kirtland Cemetery, quarry, and drive by homes once owned by early LDS Saints. We'll have a picnic lunch on the bus as we drive to the neighboring town of Hiram to see the John Johnson farm and the nearby home where Lorenzo Snow was born. All will enjoy dinner at Mary Yoder's (Amish restaurant). Lodging – Lawnfield Inn and Suites.
Sept. 20, Tuesday – The Saints traveled by wagon but we will fly from Cleveland, Ohio to St. Louis, Missouri. We then travel by motor coach to Nauvoo, Illinois where we will enjoy our first glimpse of the magnificent Nauvoo Temple. Lodging – Nauvoo Condos
Sept. 21, Wednesday – We'll start our day with a memorable tour at the Carthage Jail. For the rest of the day, you can enjoy free time for shopping and tours of the restored homes. Tonight we enjoy a 7 p.m. performance of "Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo." Lodging – Nauvoo Condos.
Sept. 22, Thursday – Today, you have free time to tour the restored homes and shops. We will also have a scheduled group tour of the Joseph Smith homestead and mansion house. We'll finish our day with a 7 p.m. session at the Nauvoo Temple (optional). Lodging – Nauvoo Condos.
Sept. 23, Friday – We bid a fond farewell to Nauvoo as we travel across Missouri. This afternoon we visit Jamesport, an Amish community, and make a memorable stop at Adam-ondi-Ahman. Lodging – Acorn Inn (Cameron).
Sept. 24, Saturday – Today we continue on to Far West, Hawn's Mill (weather permitting) and Richmond, Missouri. Everyone will enjoy our lunch stop at Wabash in Excelsior Springs. We'll continue on to Independence and enjoy a visit at the LDS Visitors' Center, among other important sites to see in this area. Lodging – Independence area.
Sept. 25, Sunday – We start the day with a 9 a.m. sacrament meeting. We'll finish our memorable Church history tour with a picture stop at the Kansas City Temple and a not-to-be-missed visit to Historic Liberty Jail. Our group air departs from the Kansas City Airport (MCI) on our Delta nonstop flight back to Salt Lake City.