Joseph Smith Historic Site

Joseph Smith's Nauvoo stretches along the Illinois bank of the Mississippi River. Established in 1839 as a place of refuge for Latter Day Saints driven from Missouri, thousands soon gathered here from throughout the United States, Canada, and England. Nauvoo quickly became one of the largest cities in Illinois. Just as quickly, growing political, economic and even military power combined with the introduction of controversial religious ideas led to conflict with neighbors. Joseph Smith Jr. and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois in 1844. The community soon fragmented.
Many left early in 1846 to start their epic trek across the plains to the valley of the Great Salt Lake. Others stayed in the mid-west and eventually regrouped around Joseph Smith III as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The Joseph Smith Historic Site preserves the properties and memories of Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, his father, Joseph Smith Sr., and son, Joseph Smith III. Original structures on the site include Joseph and Emma Smith's Homestead and Mansion House, the Nauvoo House, and homes of Sidney Rigdon, William Marks, Jonathon Wright, Aaron Johnson, and Hiram Clark. Reconstructions include the Red Brick Store and the Homestead summer kitchen. Next to the Homestead is the Smith Family Cemetery, final resting place of Joseph and Emma Smith, Hyrum Smith, Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith, and numerous other family members and friends. The Joseph Smith Historic Site is part of the Nauvoo National Historic Landmark District.