Manchester in Ontario County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Smith family built a cooper shop on Stafford Road where, under the direction of Joseph Smith Sr., a competent copper, they made and repaired barrels, kegs, buckets, and tubs. They found a ready market for their wares, particularly among the local maple sugar and apple cider producers.
Sometime during October 1827, the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated were hidden in the loft of the cooper shop to prevent them from a curious mob.
Joseph soon received another initimation of the approach of a mob and the necessity of removing the record and breastplate again from its hiding place. He took them up and carried them out to a copper shop across the road and took them out of the box and after wrapping them carefully in cloths, laid them away in the midst of a quantity of flax which was stowed in the shop loft. He then nailed up the box as before and tore up the floor and out the box under it. As soon as it was dark, the mob came on and ransacked the place.....The next morning we found the floor of the cooper shop taken up and the wooden box which was put under it split to pieces. -Lucy
Erected by Joseph Smith Farm.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1827.
Location. 43° 2.296′ N, 77° 14.46′ W. Marker is in Manchester, New York, in Ontario County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Stafford Road and Temple Road. Marker is on the grounds of Joseph Smith Farm. He was the founder of Mormanism. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 843 Stafford Road, Manchester NY 14504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Threshing Barn (a few steps from this marker); The Frame Home (a few steps from this marker); Apple Orchard (within shouting distance of this marker); Smith Farm (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Creating a Farm (about 600 feet away); The Sacred Grove (about 600 feet away); The Log Home (about 700 feet away); The Eight Witnesses (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manchester.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 22, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.