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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Visiting the John Johnson Farm in Hiram, OH

Ammon, Dallin, Grandmom Beverly, Billy
Uncle Eric and Gloria P.
Dallin, Stephanie, Billy and Ammon in the parlor of the John Johnson Farm House
Eric and Gloria in front of the fireplace with the "wifesaver"
Dallin, Ammon and Billy inside the John Johnson home on the first floor

John Johnson Home
In 1818, John and Alice Johnson, like many other families, decided to leave Vermont and go the Western Reserve where land was cheap and the soil was rich and ideal for farming. In January, they, with their eight living children headed west to Ohio. In March they arrived in Hiram. They purchased 100 acres on the south side of Pioneer Trail, built a small cabin, had another child and started their spring planting. They worked hard over the next ten years, increasing their farm to over 250 acres and added five more children to their family.
By 1828 their farm was prospering and it was time for the Johnsons to build and move into their dream home. Alice had always wanted a two-story New-England style farm house. The home you see today has been restored and refurbished to look as it did when the Johnsons and their guests lived there.
After viewing the carriage house, you enter the summer kitchen. One of the unique features of this kitchen is the indoor water pump. Entering the main kitchen, two things immediately catch your eye - the massive cooking fireplace - one of six throughout the home, and the uniquely painted woodwork. Surrounding the kitchen is a well-stocked pantry, a birthing room, and John's office.
The sitting room with its fine furniture is likely the room where John and Alice were introduced to the Book of Mormon by their Methodist Minster, Ezra Booth.
Stepping through the main entry, past the front door, you enter the parlor, the finest room in the home. The checker-board floor, finely crafted mantle and built-in china cabinet will attract your attention. This beautiful room is where the Prophet Joseph Smith, Emma, and their two adopted twins slept. It was from this room on the night of March 24, 1832 that Joseph was taken out in the meadow by a mob where he and Sidney Ridgon were tarred and feathered. A few days later, little Joseph died as a result of exposure to cold and complications of the measles.
Moving upstairs, you will learn that the Johnsons gave their bedroom to the Prophet to use as his office. They moved into smaller, remodeled sleeping accommodations. They also turned a ten foot loft into sleeping space to accommodate the many guests and visitors that came to see the Prophet Joseph during the year he lived here.
The most sacred room in the home is known as the revelation room. A special feeling fills this room as visitors learn of the 16 revelations that were received here and come to know the details of the glorious revelation and vision associated with Section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants.

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