'''Palmyra''' is a village and surrounding town in the [[Finger Lakes]] region of [[New York (state)|New York]].
It is the birthplace of the Mormon church and claims to be the only community that has a four-corner intersection with a church on each corner.
In the late 1780s, a group of settlers from Connecticut tried to stake the state's claim to land in
northwestern Pennsylvania, due to overlapping provincial charters. Among those Connecticuters was one '''John Swift''', a Revolutionary War veteran. In 1789, with the venture in Pennsylvania bearing little fruit, Swift decamped for Western New York, where the Phelps and Gorham Purchase had large tracts of land for sale.
He purchased a tract (as did his fellow John Jenkins, though Swift soon bought him out) and in 1790 became the first permanent resident of what is now the Town of Palmyra. Swift's land was centered on '''Ganargua Creek''', and the community that sprouted up was initially known as '''Swift's Landing'''.
Despite that milestone, the area never embraced Smith's nascent religion (he had moved away in 1827 and never returned), and it wasn't until the year 2000 that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints built a temple here. But the founding is commemorated every year with the '''Hill Cumorah Pageant'''.
==Get in ==
* The '''Palmyra New York Temple''' of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the first such Temple built in New York State and is located adjacent to Hill Cummorah. Keep in mind that only Mormons who are in good standing with the Church are permitted inside the Temple itself, however the beautifully maintained grounds and gardens are open to all, along with the visitors center.
*Other Church historical sites in the general vicinity of the Temple: