Wednesday, May 22, 2013


There are many things to see around the Monument and the Visitor's Center and the area.  Here are a few of the things we have seen.  There are others that we plan to visit soon.  The Solomon Mack Home, the Old Turnpike Road, the Stone Bridge and Original Stone Wall are about 1/4-1/2 mile down into the woods behind the memorial.  These foundations are the original ones and date back to the early 1800s. Visitors may walk down and back or the Visitor's Center Missionaries have a Stretch Golf cart that visitors may ride on.  It is a pretty walk down, but a little steep coming back.

We also visited Topsfield, Massuchusetts, with Elder George and Sister Sunya Osborn.  There are some markers for the Smith Family which are ancestors of the Prophet Joseph Smith.  This is the birthplace of Asael and Joseph Smith Sr.  It is the Smith Homestead.  Five generations
of Smiths lived on the Smith homestead and four generations lived in the Old Smith Farmhouse.  Aseal, the Prophet Joseph Smith's grandfather, made the "big move" in 1791 when he left the old Smith homestead and moved first to Ipswich for six months, and then to Tunbridge, VT, where Joseph Smith Sr. met his future bride, Lucy Mack.  Tunbridge is next to South Royalton and Sharon.

This is a marker for the Smith Family in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Topsfield, Mass..  The cemetery. contains the graves of Robert Smith, Samuel Smith I, and Samuel Smith II.  The exact location of these graves is unknown, but a Smith family marker in remembrance of the Smiths here was erected in 1873 under the direction of George A. Smith, counselor to Brigham Young.  Samuel Smith II is the grandfather of Joseph Smith Sr. who is the father of Joseph Smith Jr

George is a direct descendant of George A. Smith whose name appears on one side of the marker saying he was responsible for placing it here.

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