On June 27, 1844, the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were shot and killed by a mob storming Carthage Jail. Joseph had devoted his life to Jesus Christ, organizing the Lord’s restored Church, receiving new scripture, building temples and uniting a people. But his success and the growth of the Church alienated other communities and led to numerous legal proceedings and frequent outbreaks of mob violence. Tensions in 1844 increased rapidly, culminating in Joseph’s and Hyrum’s deaths and the eventual expulsion of the Saints from Nauvoo.
In-Person Carthage Jail Tours
In-person tours are available during operating hours, which vary by season. Capacity on each tour is limited, and so large groups or bus tours should contact Guest Services in advance to inquire about availability and scheduling.
Every 15 minutes
310 BUCHANAN, CARTHAGE, ILLINOIS 62321
Not currently required for individuals or small groups. Groups with more than 25 people should schedule in advance to avoid long waits.
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