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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  • The first stop on our LDS Church History Tour was the E. B. Grandin Building on Main Street in Palmyra New York, which housed a bookstore, printshop, and binding facility. The building, which is the.....  more »
  • A lot of religions grew around this area and this was a nice bookend to visiting the Fox Sisters House first. I am not a huge fan of the Mormon Religion but it is nice seeing the old Grandin...  more »
  • If you are looking for historic sites, Keep on moving. This “historic site” is run by the Mormon church, or cult if you want to be more accurate, and is use to indoctrinate its members and spread...  more »
  • Amazing details and great work! How they got all that evidence is by means amazing in my book, way to go guys! Keep up with the good work!!
  • Very interesting place. Lots of good history. No charge to take the tour (free)! I will visit again.
  • Great for children and adults. Free tour lead by friendly sister missionaries or elderly couple. So fun and informative to learn about the old way of printing! Children can do a scavenger hunt and make their own signature (the first 16 pages) of one of the largest orders of copies received for a single book (The Book of Mormon.) We loved the inking balls and learning about the origin of uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Neither I or my gf are Mormon but they had no problem giving us the full tour, really interesting to see! They were very nice and showed us how the book of Mormon was made back in the 1800s. I would do it again
  • We only had a little time and they were so accommodating. Great speed for the kids, hands on things to try, and friendly volunteers there.

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