One hundred years after the birth of Joseph Smith Jr., a nearly 100-ton polished granite monument was dedicated in his honor. The granite shaft rises 38 1/2 feet, one foot for each year of his life.

The old Solomon Mack farm in Sharon, Vt., where Joseph was born, was purchased for the Church in May 1905 by Elder Junius F. Wells, who also superintended the construction of the massive shaft.The shaft was crafted from one piece of stone and was hauled over muddy roads, up steep inclines and around sharp turns by horse teams. The land rises about 800 feet in some 3 1/2 miles.

At its dedication, members of the community donated the use of a local hotel for a reception and meetings for Church leaders.

"It [the monumentT stands on high rolling hills of historic Vermont, a monumental testimony to the world of the inspiration of the youthful Seer of latter days and the glorious gospel through him revealed from God to man," states the dedication pamphlet of the Joseph Smith Memorial Monument.

"Through its silent testimony let us hope that many of the children of our Father will be led to the fulness of Truth and to praise His holy name."