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“Clean bathrooms, great volunteers, worth the drive”

Peter Whitmer Log Home
Ranked #5 of 17 things to do in Waterloo
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Fredericksburg, VA
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151 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Clean bathrooms, great volunteers, worth the drive”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

If you're in the area and like history, this is an excellent stop. You'll get insights not only into the founding of this particular church, but also what life was like in the area back in 1830. The log cabin and it's contents are interesting, the guides are friendly volunteers, and you can spend as long or as short as you like in the modern, high-tech visitor center adjacent to the cabin. There are no fees or gift shop, and they don't pressure you in any way for anything. On the way out of town we found a great sandwich deli at an authentic Mennonite general store called "Sauders" in nearby Seneca Falls. Best sandwiches we've ever had.

Visited May 2014
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English first
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212 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Interesting history, nice place to visit”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

There is a nice visitors center here, in which you learn the history of the site. Then, you can visit the cabin where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in 1830. It's a quiet place, located in a fairly rural area and we enjoyed being there. Fun to learn the history and visit a place where such a significant, historical event occurred.

Visited June 2012
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Florida/Ny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Mormons found interesting”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Lecture of thehistory of this building and movement was very interesting and tied into the local history of the region.

Visited September 2012
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Layton, UT
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55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Interesting tour”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

The Peter Whitmer cabin is the place where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was formally organized on April 6, 1830 by Joseph Smith. It has been rebuilt on its original location. The tour starts in the visitors center in the adjacent building. There are many pieces of original church art to view. The cabin is small and it would have been tight on that day to have over 50 people in there for the originization meeting. They have done a good job restoring it to it to the time period and the tour guide told us some interesting facts about the time period and the family that once resided there.

Visited June 2012
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