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Virtual Vermonter - Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial


Although he didn't stay there long, for a brief period of time after his birth in 1805, Joseph Smith (Prophet, translator of the Book of Mormon, first President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) lived in the Sharon/South Royalton area. The place where he was born is commemorated with the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in South Royalton. Visitors to the memorial can enjoy a visitors center with artwork, a diorama and a films, as well as hiking and picnicking on the grounds. There is also a granite monument on the site that was erected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Smith's birth. The monument is one of the largest polished shafts in the world, a single block (quarried in Barre) that weighs forty tons and stands 38 ½ feet tall… one foot for every year of the Prophet's life.

The memorial is open during the following times:

November through April, Monday to Saturday, 9-5 and Sunday 1:30-5
May through October, Monday to Saturday, 9-7 and Sunday 1:30-7

Admission is free. Visitors can find the memorial in South Royalton (north of Sharon on Route 14, look on the right for a sign and then head up the hill), or can call 802-763-7742 for more information.


Click for images
of the Memorial at Christmas

To find out more about the South Royalton area, including lodging, dining, other attractions and more, stop by The Virtual Vermonter - Royalton.

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