In the Peter Whitmer log home, many key events in Latter Day Saint history transpired. During the six months Joseph and Emma Smith lived with the Whitmers, a good portion of the Book of Mormon was translated there. It is near this location where The Three Witnesses were shown the plates by the angel Moroni. Also, the official organization of the Church of Christ (later renamed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1838) is said by some to have taken place here on April 6, 1830.
Peter Whitmer, Sr., his wife Mary Musselman Whitmer, and their eight children, Christian, Jacob, John, David, Catherine, Peter Jr., Nancy and Elizabeth Ann resided here.