Lucy Mack Smith Home
LOCATION: Hyde and Kimball Streets
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Lucy Mack Smith, mother of Joseph Smith, lived in this lovely little home, built by Joseph Noble, for several months in 1846. She was seventy one years old and suffered from severe arthritis.
Lucy was born in New Hampshire in 1775 and married Joseph Smith, Sr., in 1796. They were the parents of eight sons and three daughters. Early in her married life, Lucy made a covenant with the Lord to serve him throughout her life. This she did as she followed her son, Joseph, to Kirtland, Ohio, Far West, Missouri, Quincy, Illinois, and finally to Nauvoo. Here she lost her husband and four sons. She desired to go west with the Latter-day Saints but due to ill health and other considerations, she remained in Nauvoo with her daughter, Lucy Millikin. She died and was buried here in 1856, at the age of eighty.
Lucy was a strong, faithful woman whose loyalty to her prophet son never faltered. Her husband paid tribute to her before he died, by saying, “Mother, do you not know that you are one of the most singular women in all the world?”
In this home, you will learn more about this remarkable woman, and view beautiful antique furniture and dishes. The carriage house once contained the fine carriage given to Lucy by Church leaders before they left Nauvoo.
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