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Sacred Grove, Smith Family Farm, Manchester, New York | by Ken Lund
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Sacred Grove, Smith Family Farm, Manchester, New York

The foundational event of the Latter Day Saint movement took place in what is commonly referred to as The Sacred Grove. This Grove is a forested area near the border of western New York near the home of Joseph Smith, Jr.. It is the location where Smith had his First Vision, an important theophany in the movement's theology occurring in the Spring of the year 1820.


The exact location of the Sacred Grove is not known, but it would have been west of Smith's adolescent home on the border of the towns of Palmyra and Manchester. This area was being cleared at the time for farming by the Smith family, who were also using the trees to harvest maple syrup. The area has been purchased by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who cares for the area and allows tourists to visit. Latter Day Saints view the place as a sacred site.

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Taken on September 14, 2012