Historic Kirtland

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Historic Kirtland
4.5
Historic Sites • Historic Walking Areas • History Museums
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Historic Site and Visitors Center with historic village from the 1830's featuring a sawmill, ashery, country store and historic home sites.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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chicos257
Cleveland, OH85 contributions
A must see in Kirkland
Aug 2021
Was a little hesitant going here, but sooo glad we did. Learned so much. You have to be okay with listening about the history of this LDS in this area. We thought it was very interesting and really enjoyed the couple that gave us the tour. The general store and the areas next to it was very interesting. But, the best part of the tour was the saw mill and Ashery. We’ve been to many older villages and never have seen an Ashery. Like I said it was very interesting. Very religious, which you would expect, but not over the top and not trying to convert anyone. Back to the couple giving the tour. They were very nice, very knowledgeable and very friendly. They are from Canada and are here for 18 months. So we spoke a little bit about Kirkland and Mentor and things about the area. Highly recommend this place. Don’t skip it because of the religious aspect, well worth seeing and hearing.
Written August 31, 2021
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moodblu
West Valley City, UT910 contributions
Must-see Site for LDS Members, Interesting History for Other Faiths
Jul 2021
On our tour of the area, we went to the Kirtland Historic Village. This is a reconstruction of the settlement of the faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the 1830’s. This historic district is owned, cared for and staffed by the LDS church. The whole site was highly meaningful to my husband and I as members, and I’m sure it would be of interest to others that are curious about the LDS faith, as well as those that are history buffs, looking for a glance into the past.

We toured the Visitors Center and several of the buildings there. It is a beautiful and peaceful place with a small creek running through it. The places we visited:
• Newell K. Whitney store—The building is original, and has been kept up very well. This is a very historic place for LDS members. It was the first place in Kirtland where Joseph Smith Jr. visited when he came to Kirtland. Upstairs in this store was the site of many restorations and revelations forming much of our church doctrines.
• Whitney home—This is a historical reconstruction of the home of Newell K. Whitney and his family, a lovely little home, well cared for and decorated in the styles of the 1830s
• Ashery—This is a historical reconstruction of the place that ashes were processed to make soap and other products for the needs of the people
• Sawmill—Another historical reconstruction of the 1830s sawmill used to process trees into building lumber for homes and other buildings in the area.
• School house—This is a reconstruction of a small school, that was also used for public meetings during the Kirtland time of the LDS church.
• Visitors Center—There is a lovely visitors center where missionaries tell the history of the area and its sites. There is also a presentation about the Kirtland Temple, which was built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints, but later abandoned due to persecution. The temple now is owned and maintained beautifully by the Community of Christ church, who split off from the LDS church after the death of Joseph Smith. Tours of the temple are conducted by the Community of Christ church.
Written August 5, 2021
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SherriOhio
Northfield, OH113 contributions
Christmas Nativity Display
Dec 2019
I went during the Christmas season to see the Nativities from around the world. They were interesting and there were lots of them. This is free to view and worth the stop if you are in the area. I am told that they have different ones each year. In the lobby they have a large nativity. I have been there two separate years and it has been hand made and nicely done. They also have some lights outside. It is not very large so it would take you about a half hour to an hour to look around. It depends on how long you view the nativities.
Written January 15, 2020
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Maxta4878
5 contributions
Aussie visit- family of 6
Oct 2019 • Family
Loved visiting the historic LDS sites and Kirtland is a very pretty place. The missionaries are very knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend 1.5 days in Kirtland in order to see all the historic sites if that’s your reason for visiting. Make sure you do the Johnson farm in Hiram too. Don’t skip it because it’s a 40 minute drive. If you want shopping visit the Aurora outlets near Hiram and the Johnson farm.
Written October 13, 2019
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Breton S
Salt Lake City, UT87 contributions
Neat place to visit
Aug 2019
We really enjoyed see this area. The sites are well preserved and the city allowed a road to be diverted around the sites. The area is also beautiful.
Written August 25, 2019
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PJud80
150 contributions
Beautiful grounds and buildings
May 2019 • Family
Beautiful peaceful place to learn history of early LDS believers. Grounds are immaculate and buildings restored to original specifications. Tour guides were lovely women, enthuasictic to share the rich history. Free!
Written May 22, 2019
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arlened585
Port Clinton, OH360 contributions
Amazing nativity displays
Nov 2018 • Friends
We viewed many nativity sets from around the world. The detail and many different types were amazing. These are only on display for a couple months around Christmas. They are more beautiful and impressive than we could have imagined. They are in the old schoolhouse and the museum next door.
Written December 15, 2018
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BuckeyeAdventures
Cleveland, OH1,618 contributions
Nativity Exhibit
Dec 2017 • Family
Incredible collection of nativity scenes from all over the world. Beautiful little masterpieces that turn every room into an art gallery! In humble places like that you will find more Christmas spirit than anywhere else!
Written November 17, 2018
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Chris K
39 contributions
Great visit to LDS Historical sites
Sep 2018 • Couples
Having heard the stories of the early saints who lived in Kirtland, I have wanted to visit this important spot in LDS history. Like all LDS Historical sites, Kirtland is so well done and the missionary guides are so informative and helpful. We enjoyed our visit to the visitor center, Newell K Whitney store and house, saw mill, Johnson Farm, and topped off by the tour of the Kirtland Temple. Highly recommend others take the time to visit these sites.
Written October 1, 2018
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Treveler
Washington, UT182 contributions
A wonderful trip back in time
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is a historic site. It has many interesting buildings and the tours are free. You get an insight into the people living there at the time.
Written October 1, 2018
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Historic Kirtland is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM