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Fairport Harbor in Lake County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fairport is an Excellent Harbor

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, January 16, 2021
1. Fairport is an Excellent Harbor Marker
Inscription.  "Fairport is an excellent harbor, and affords a safe moorage for shipping"- so wrote Oliver Cowdery, one of the first latter day saint missionaries to bring the message of the restored gospel to the Kirtland region. Fairport Harbor played a transitional role during the 1830s for many Mormon migrants, who believed they were obeying divine instruction that counseled them to "go to the Ohio.” Hundreds of converts passed. through this harbor on their way to and from the town of Kirtland, which lay just twelve miles southwest. Many saints were guided by Fairport's beacons of light, which shone upon the waters of Lake Erie. For those incoming saints, the Fairport lighthouse signaled a new ray of hope, and for those missionaries embarking from her banks, new paths to travel in the quest for more converts to Mormonism.
This was a meaningful place of comings and goings. From here, significant Latter – Day Saint missions were launched, including the first mission of the quorum of the twelve (1835), and also the first mission of the church to England (1837). it was also where Joseph Smith greeted his ninety three-year -old grandmother,
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By Mike Wintermantel, January 16, 2021
2. Fairport is an Excellent Harbor Marker
who had traveled hundreds of miles to see her family. here, Latter-Day Saint families were charged with emotion as they greeted loved ones and also bid them farewell, knowing that it would be many months before they would once again embrace.
Fairport was also a place of active commerce that influenced the daily life of the saints in this area. From here, Newel K. Whitney, a Mormon merchant, shipped many casks of ashes from his Kirtland ashery to the east. In 1847, Fairport reached a peak in commercial prosperity, witnessing nearly three thousand vessels coming in and out of her harbor. Yet by this time the saints had left the region and in the same year had begun settling in the Salt Lake Valley.
 
Erected by Mormon Historic Site Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 41° 45.411′ N, 81° 16.636′ W. Marker is in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and High Street, on the right when traveling west on 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Painesville OH 44077, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairport Harbor Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); La Salle Expedition (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct
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line); Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Station (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mentor Avenue Historic District (approx. 2.8 miles away); Thomas W. Harvey (approx. 2.8 miles away); Lake County YMCA (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Casement House / General Jack and Frances Jennings Casement (approx. 2.9 miles away); Edward Paine (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairport Harbor.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 18, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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