I’ve been slowly working through my family’s cross-country road trip and all of the stops we made between Maryland and Utah. After visiting Kirtland, Ohio, we drove eat toward Nauvoo, Illinois, for another LDS Church History stop.
Nauvoo was home to early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from late 1839 until about 1846, when the Saints moved farther west. Carthage, a nearby town, was the location of the county seat and the jail where Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed.
We could have spent days and days exploring all there is to do in Nauvoo, but we had to fit it in to one afternoon and evening. Some of the highlights of our visit: the renovated Nauvoo temple (the original was destroyed in the mid 1800s and rebuilt between 2000 and 2002; the Nauvoo Pageant (which occurs every summer and is wonderful!); Carthage Jail (a short drive from Nauvoo and totally worth the drive); and the Blacksmith shop in Historic Nauvoo (you can get free “Prairie Diamonds” – rings made out of horse shoe nails from the blacksmith).
What have you been up to lately? Been on any exciting adventures?
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