I have been to Nauvoo several times, and love it every time. Most of it is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has taken great pains to restore it to as close to its original state as possible. Visitors pay NADA for any tour or favor; senior missionary couples dressed in pioneer costume share fascinating facts about the businesses or the people who owned the homes. There is wonderful entertainment, especially during July when the Nauvoo Pageant is at the forefront. We saw "High Hopes and Riverboats", "Sunset on the Mississippi", "Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo" and, of course, the pageant. All were uniformly well and enthusiastically performed, with no scrimping on talent, music, scenery, costumes, etc. Everyone who is a part of these productions, to my knowledge, is called to serve there as missionaries, and/or volunteer their time in many capacities. The spirit there is effusively warm and delightful. Before the pageant, there is a country fair with all kinds of activities; my granddaughter participated in many, receiving a "bead" for each, then a special bead when she completed ten activities, one of which was a braided headband, and another of which was a sock puppet. For a wonderful, uplifting, joy-filled and thought-provoking time, Historic Nauvoo is a sure bet.
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