Manchester in Ontario County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Frame Home
The Smith's oldest son, Alvin, planned the construction of this handsome New England-style farmhouse to provide for his future family and to care for his parents in their elderly years. Having apprenticed as a builder, he managed the initial construction himself. By the fall of 1823 the heavy timber frame had been raised. That November Alvin died suddenly, and construction sat idle for months. The Smiths finally moved into the home in late 1825, even though much finishing work remained to be done.
Two months after moving in, the last payment on the farm was suddenly called due. Unable to make this payment, the Smiths lost title to their property. They arranged to continue living there temporarily as renters. In the spring of 1829 they were required to return to the log home.
See what a comfortable home we have had here and what pains every child that we have has taken to provide for us everything necessary to make our old age comfortable, and long life desirable...I now give this up for the sake of Christ and salvation and I pray God to help me to do so without one murmur or a tear....I will not cast
Erected by Joseph Smith Farm.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1823.
Location. 43° 2.288′ N, 77° 14.451′ 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, Palmyra NY 14522, 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); Cooper Shop (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 700 feet away); The Sacred Grove (about 700 feet away); The Log Home (about 700 feet away); The Eight Witnesses (about 800 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 114 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.