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Portraits of the past: Palmyra, N.Y.

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Palmyra was a small town in western New York state about 20 miles southeast of Rochester. In the late 1700s, the area was procured as part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. It has the same name as the larger Palmyra Township there in Wayne County. The population of Palmyra in the year 2000 was 7,672. One of the better known features of the village of Palmyra is the famous intersection of highways 31 and 21, where there is a church on each of the four corners of that intersection. However, none of those buildings was there during the years when the Joseph Smith family lived in the area.

— Kenneth Mays