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This is where Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith were murdered. It had a visitor's center... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Washington, Utah
Beautiful and inspirational place to visit

On our way between Kansas City Missouri and Nauvoo Illinois, we stopped at Carthage Jail in... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
West Valley City, Utah
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

This is where Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum Smith were murdered. It had a visitor's center and you can go on a free tour of the jail. The guides are very informative.

Thank Treveler
Reviewed 26 August 2018

On our way between Kansas City Missouri and Nauvoo Illinois, we stopped at Carthage Jail in Carthage Illinois, about 1/2 hour from Nauvoo. This has long been on my travel bucket list. Built in 1838, it is where Joseph Smith, the original leader of the...More

Thank moodblu
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

If you are in the Nauvoo area and are interested in LDS Church history, this is worth a short drive. They have done a wonderful job restoring this site. There is a short video and a short tour of the actual jail. The door that...More

Thank Cassel12
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We had visited this a couple of years back. It was still interesting to see, however, rather than presenting as part of an historical event - it was present more as a sermon by our tour guide. The jail portion was still interesting .

Thank joeyillinois
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

I didn’t realize that we would be in the very room where Joseph Smith was killed. I’m not LDS but being in the very spot where someone is murdered because of intolerance can not be anything but thought provoking

Thank Grace C
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Wish I could have spent a longer time in the jail. Such a wonderful place with a tragic ending. Great for a historical perspective.

Thank Ambassador644904
Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

After multiple visits to family in Carthage, I thought it was time to visit one the town's mist important tourist atractions. I was greeted by an elder and a sister who provided me with a private tour if the facility. Between them, a short video,...More

2  Thank MMMarty2ya
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

You begin in the visitor center, hear a short presentation by your tour guide. Then there is a short video sharing the testimony of one of the living LDS Church leaders on Joseph and Hyrum Smith. Afterwards, your guides take you to the actual jail,...More

Thank Jamie J
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Learning about Joseph and Hyram Smith and how they died in the Carthage Jail was nothing short of a miracle. This tourist destination provided insight into the Mormon religion and provided a touch of history along the way. Sister Johnson and Elder John greeted us...More

Thank camellad2017
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Tells the story of a 19th century people and their leader, persecuted by outsiders because of their religion. This is the site and story of their leaders death. Well restored and well worth an hour or two visit. Easy to get to in center of...More

Thank Steve J
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