Sharon Vermont-Palmyra-NY-Kirtland-Ohio

SHARON Vermont to PALMYRA New York


2017 Dates currently full – register to add your name to our WAIT LIST:

– Saturday, September 2, 2017 through Saturday, September 9, 2017.  Beautiful, late-summer weather.

– Saturday, October 14, 2017 through Saturday, October 21, 2017.  Blazing Autumn leaf colors, cooler temperatures.

2018 Dates – just announced!:

– Saturday, September 1, 2018 through Saturday, September 8, 2018.  Beautiful, late-summer weather.

– Saturday, October 13, 2018 through Saturday, October 20, 2018.  Blazing Autumn leaf colors, cooler temperatures.

8 great days, 7 restful nights.   Travel off-season for very pleasant temperatures and no crowds at the sites.  Karl Anderson’s tours always sell out–register early to save your seat. 


Tour begins by exploring inspiring some of the most important spiritual sites in the history of this world.  We’ll experience sites in and around Sharon Vermont, the birthplace of the prophet Joseph Smith.  Marvel at the stunning 38-1/2 foot obelisk monument dedicated to Joseph’s memory.  Attend a memorable sacrament meeting with the South Royalton Ward in Sharon.  See sites in Tunbridge where Joseph Sr and Lucy Mack spent their early years.  Then on to beautiful upstate New York visiting South Bainbridge & Colesville, the newly restored sites at Harmony & the Susquehanna River then on to Palmyra and the Sacred Grove and Smith log home where the Moroni visits took place and Smith frame home, and Hill Cumorah.  Also, Fayette where the Church was organized and the Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon saw the plates from which it was translated, saw the Angel Moroni, heard the voice of God witness the translation was true.   As we drive toward Kirtland, spend an enjoyable afternoon visiting awesome Niagara Falls USA with a thrilling boat ride right up to the base of the falls.  In the Kirtland area, spend nearly three unforgettable, incredible days in and around the area.  More revelations and visions took place there than all other church history sites combined!  The Kirtland Temple alone is worth the whole trip.  But there is also the Newell K. Whitney Store & School of the Prophets, restored Whitney home,  Pioneer water-driven saw mill, Fairport Harbor on Lake Erie, the home of siblings Eliza R. and Lorenzo Snow, and the John Johnson farm in Hiram where D&C 76 was given in the presence of a room full of people!  You will never forget it!


Quite nice!  Always clean and comfortable.


Deluxe continental breakfasts at all motels, tasty sack lunches on the bus as we travel in comfort from site to site (saves over an hour allowing time to see more in fewer days!), and wonderful buffets for dinners.  Enjoy a delicious dinner with a delightful Amish family in Ohio.  Great food is plentiful and so have been the compliments on past tours!

Palmyra Temple

The Lord’s purposes cannot be frustrated for long.  The beautiful Palmyra Temple is built on the Smith farm property and overlooks the Sacred Grove!  How wonderful that without any violence or bloodshed, 168 years from the time the Smiths had to flee Palmyra, this wonderful temple could be built and welcomed on the same property the Smith family loved and lost.  Optional temple session offered to those who wish (you’ll need to take your temple clothes & current recommend).

Special features

Eight inspiring days with Karl Ricks Anderson (Institute instructor/director, author, patriarch, wonderful person!) as he uniquely shares uplifting insights and information about these incredible sites, the prophet Joseph Smith, and the faithful Saints who joined with the Church.  Hear accounts and information about crucial events such as the building of the Kirtland Temple and the glorious events and heavenly manifestations that took place therein.  Understand like never before the events that took place at these crucial historic sites throughout this area.  You’ll be able to put a place to inspiring stories you’ve heard (and likely new stories, too!) and feel the spirit of these sites as you learn this incredible history in the delightful and thorough way that only Karl can tell it.

Karl Anderson has authored two books specifically about Kirtland spiritual history:  Joseph Smith’s Kirtland, and his newer book available since November 2013:  The Savior in Kirtland.

Of Karl Anderson, it has been authoritatively said:  “Kirtland is not the same place when you’re there without him.  With him, you see the vision of that marvelous community and the Pentecostal outpouring of the power of the Spirit of God.”  And still others have said:

“Time spent with Karl is priceless.”  (Trish Ainsworth)

“An open learning atmosphere.  The whole family loved it.”  (Doug Christian)

“Karl was amazing.  We are both still speechless–our hearts are so full and our testimonies have surely been strengthened.” (Jan Zundel)

“Karl was fantastic.  The trip was beyond my expectations.  Everything was so well organized.”  (Lu & Les Barber)

A 2016 Deseret News article gives a little more insight into this wonderful person:

Each day starts with a hymn and a prayer and ends the same way.  Presentations on the bus while traveling between the sites are inspiring and informative.  As much as practical, sites are visited in historical order to make this complex history easier to understand and remember.

At the sites listed below, carefully-prepared vignettes and historical accounts are given of the faith promoting events that took place.  Tour members are invited to read accounts of important events and, where possible, these are given in words of those who were there at the time.

Historical Sites Visited (listed in order visited)

Sharon VT

Birthplace of the prophet Joseph Smith.  Magnificent obelisk monument erected at the family cabin site.  The story of the building and placing of this monument is, in itself, a remarkable story!  Beautiful, peaceful grounds and visitors’ center.

West Lebanon NH

Site of young Joseph’s terrifying and unusual leg operation due to a bone infection as a result of the Typhus epidemic.  Hear their accounts of this unusual situation and young Joseph’s consummate bravery.

Tunbridge VT

See the town hall, village store (Joseph Sr’s store for a time), and the Mack sawmill.  Lucy Mack’s and Joseph Sr’s marriage documents.

South Bainbridge & Colesville NY

Joseph and Emma were married here by Squire Tarbell as they eloped from Harmony.  These towns were home of the “Colesville Saints,” some of the most faithful early Saints of the church.  Important historic figures Josiah Stowell, Joseph Knight Sr, and Newell Knight came from this area and we’ll discuss their importance to the restoration.  We also have the unique privilege to tour inside the privately-owned and beautifully restored and refurbished homes of the Josiah Stowell and Joseph Knight.

Harmony PA

Home of Emma’s family where Joseph met and fell in love with and eventually eloped from with Emma.  Most of the Book of Mormon was translated here except for a few pages–hear Emma’s description.  Temple-like atmosphere at the Susquehanna River where John the Baptist restored the Aaronic priesthood and near where Peter, James, and John appeared and restored the higher Priesthood!   Very moving visit!  Be among the first to visit this newly-renovated site–the Church has completed extensive renovations here including re-building Joseph & Emma’s home, Isaac Hale’s home (Emma’s father), and a beautiful new chapel/visitor’s center.

Palmyra NY

Smith family farm.  Tour the re-built log home where Moroni’s visits took place.  Enjoy the Sacred Grove (including private meditation time), Hill Cumorah, Grandin Press (where the Book of Mormon was first printed), Martin Harris Farm, Palmyra Cemetery, very special session at the Palmyra Temple.  This is an absolutely unforgettable opportunity!  Two nights in this very special town.

Fayette NY

Peter Whitmer Farm where the Church was first organized.  Site of the visions to the three witnesses.  Many Doctrine & Covenants sections were received here and conferences of the Church were held.  Learn about this incredible family and the great blessings they received through their great faith.

Niagara Falls USA

Take a thrilling Maid of the Mist boat ride right up to the falls–your shoes might get wet, but a raincoat is provided!  We’ll take a few hours to relax and enjoy the magnificent falls and scenery on the way to Ohio from New York.

Buffalo Harbor NY

On Lake Erie.  Hear Lucy Mack Smith’s magnificent account of traveling from here toward Kirtland as she led a group of Saints migrating to Kirtland.  Picture the mighty miracle of the parting of the ice-clogged waterway as an answer to her mighty prayer and great faith!

Kirtland OH

Newell K. Whitney Store (School of the Prophets; Word of Wisdom received here with several other D&C sections).  Also spectacular Kirtland Visitor’s Center, the restored John Johnson Inn, re-built sawmill, ashery, and schoolhouse.  Also, enjoy a visit to the Isaac Morley Farm (United Order revealed and practiced here).  Private tour of the Kirtland Temple.  Visit nearby historic sites such as Painesville, Orange, Shaker Heights, South Amherst–and more.  Learn more about the D&C revelations received here and important early Church history events and conferences that took place at these sites.  With Karl Anderson’s unique insights and expert knowledge and research of this era and the people who lived here in the 1830s, you are sure to gain new understandings and insights into why certain people behaved as they did and how many of them received unique witnesses of the Spirit and the Divinity of this important work.

Fairport Harbor OH

On Lake Erie, just 12 miles from Kirtland.  Here saints arrived and departed from points east, including nearly all missionaries going to and from Europe.  This was also the landing point for those migrating to Kirtland as they answered the call to “gather to the Ohio.”  Historic lighthouse, spectacular vista.

Hiram OH

John Johnson Farm.  Joseph Smith lived here for a year while producing the “Inspired Translation” of the Bible.  He was also violently tarred and feathered here yet delivered a sermon the following morning where afterward several who were gathered asked for baptism.  Many sections of the D&C received here including the great 76th three degrees of glory.  Very sacred ground.

We hope you can join us for this extraordinary tour with KARL RICKS ANDERSON and experience, in a most memorable way, where the Book of Mormon came forth, where many of our early prophets began their ministry, and where the Church, itself, began.  This is truly a Holy Land of North America.

Tour IDDates/DaysPrice if One per roomPrice each if Two per roomPrice each if Three per roomPrice each if Four per roomTour GuidesComments
KA23September 1-8, 2018$2200$1890$1775$1695Karl Ricks Anderson with Bill & Janet RowleyLovely, late summer weather. Optional Palmyra Temple session.
KA24October 13-20, 2018
$2200$1890$1775$1695Karl Ricks Anderson with Bill & Janet RowleyTour is FULL; REGISTER to JOIN the WAIT LIST
Autumn leaf color; slightly cooler temperatures. Optional Palmyra Temple session.

Price listed is per person, by number of people sharing a motel room. Price includes:  round-trip SLC airfare* (SLC to Manchester NH, Cleveland to SLC), all meals (except any extra at airports), deluxe charter bus, very nice lodging, group admissions, and MHA guide services.  Not included: bus driver tip (recommended minimum $30/person), any checked baggage fees or rare fuel surcharges.  *Generous credit if group airfare not needed; call for details.  Other departure cities arranged by special request.  (Once group seats are ticketed, price subject to current market airfare prices for like or similar flights; call for details inside of 45 days before departure.)

Traveling alone?  Would you like help finding a roommate to decrease your tour price?  Let us know when you REGISTER and we’ll do what we can to connect you with a compatible roommate.  You might just make a new, long-lasting friendship!