Peter Whitmer log home

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Replica of a cabin at the Peter Whitmer Farm, Fayette (Waterloo), New York.
Curtain at Peter Whitmer log home illustrates how Smith may have occasionally raised a curtain between himself and his scribe while dictating the Book of Mormon.

In the Peter Whitmer log home, many key events in Latter Day Saint history transpired. During the six months Joseph and Emma Smith lived with the Whitmers, a good portion of the Book of Mormon was translated there.[1] It is near this location where The Three Witnesses were shown the plates by the angel Moroni.[2] Also, the official organization of the Church of Christ (later renamed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1838) is said to have taken place here on April 6, 1830.[3][4]

Peter Whitmer, Sr., his wife Mary Musselman Whitmer, and their eight children, Christian, Jacob, John, David, Catherine, Peter Jr., Nancy and Elizabeth Ann resided here.

Modern recreation[edit]

The farm property in Fayette, New York was purchased by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1926,[5] and the location of the original home was determined in 1947. The current structure is a replica dedicated on 6 April 1980 in a special General Conference broadcast.[6]


  1. ^ Perkins, Keith W. (February 1989), "True to the Book of Mormon—The Whitmers", Ensign 
  2. ^ Peter Whitmer, Sr. Farm Home, Fayette, New York, USA, "Mormon Historic Sites Registry", (Mormon Historic Sites Foundation) 
  3. ^ Carmack, John K. (February 1989), "Fayette: The Place the Church Was Organized", Ensign 
  4. ^ Other sources[specify] place the organizational meeting at Manchester, New York.
  5. ^ Historical Buildings Planned on Whitmer Farm, "News of the Church", Ensign, July 1979 
  6. ^ Kimball, Spencer W. (May 1980), "Remarks and Dedication of the Fayette, New York, Buildings", Ensign 

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