Book of Mormon Publication Site, Palmyra

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The Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site is a historic site located in the village of Palmyra, Wayne County, New York, United States. The historic site includes the E. B. Grandin Building and some neighboring structures. It was in the E. B. Grandin building that Egbert B. Grandin printed and sold the first copies of the Book of Mormon. Because of the building's historical significance to Mormonism, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) purchased it in 1978. In the mid-1990s the church restored the Grandin building, while remodeling and adding to some neighboring structures to create a visitors' center.Building HistoryEgbert B. Grandin's printing press and bookshop was located in the western most building of a complex originally known as Thayer and Grandin Brick Row, and later as Exchange Row. The complex of buildings was constructed in 1828, between Palmyra's Main Street and the newly finished Erie Canal (which has since been moved north), by Joel Thayer, Levi Thayer, and Phillip Grandin. Phillip Grandin was the older brother of E. B. Grandin, and soon after the complex was completed E. B. Grandin moved his business into what would become known as the E. B. Grandin Building.Grandin's bookshop and office were housed on the building's first floor, his book bindery and an attorney's office on the second floor, and the printing equipment — including two printing presses — on the third floor. In 1829 when Grandin was asked to publish the Book of Mormon, he was the publisher of The Wayne Sentinel newspaper. Eventually Grandin closed his bookshop and printing service, and the building has since housed numerous businesses. Both the building's interior and exterior were remodeled and updated several times through the years, including building additions, adding walls, new stairwells, dropped ceilings, plumbing, electrical systems, etc.
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  • What a fantastic place to visit! Beautifully restored and filled with historical information. The free tour was led by kind and personable young women who led us through the entire printing process... 
    What a fantastic place to visit! Beautifully restored and filled with historical information. The free tour was led by kind and personable young women who led us through the entire printing process...  more »
  • The senior missionaries and sister missionaries who serve here have in-depth knowledge of the history of the shop. They gave us a wonderful tour and it was interesting to our group to see where the... 
    The senior missionaries and sister missionaries who serve here have in-depth knowledge of the history of the shop. They gave us a wonderful tour and it was interesting to our group to see where the...  more »
  • I'm a book-binding nerd, so of course, this was one of my favorite sites we visited in Palmyra. I loved seeing the whole process of printing the Book of Mormon, seeing the first edition. I... 
    I'm a book-binding nerd, so of course, this was one of my favorite sites we visited in Palmyra. I loved seeing the whole process of printing the Book of Mormon, seeing the first edition. I...  more »
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  • We stopped by because we were in town to visit historical sites and I was really impressed. It was much cooler than I expected. The front just looks like a regular, brick store front even if it looks old. Inside they've preserved the floors and most of the brick from the original building. They have it fully restored with a detailed tour of everything that was needed for the original printing press and binding. It was fascinating and even the kids really enjoyed it.
  • It was amazing! I highly recommend doing the tour. You not only learn about the Book of Mormon but you learn how they made and bound books. Very educational even if you're not a member of the church of Jesus Christ
  • Beautiful tour and experience. The sister missionaries did such a great job! Lots of history. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures and capture the original copy of the Book of Mormon
  • This is the one place I look forward to coming back too. The amount of work that went into printing a book is amazing. Seeing the different levels of printing to binding, to putting a cover on is a ton of fun. People who leave bad reviews here are hateful people. I've been 3 times and have enjoyed it each time.
  • First class experience. The displays and tour about the printing and binding process are interesting and inspiring. I've read the Book of Mormon and know it to be the word of God and another testimony of Jesus Christ.

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