2024 Autumn in New England Church History Tour with Kay Godfrey

Dates October 8-16, 2024
Destination Boston, MA; Boothbay Harbor, Maine; West Lebanon, NH; Sharon, VT; Binghamton, NY; Fayette, NY; Palmyra, NY; Kirtland, OH;
Duration 9 days 8 nights
Price From 1,995
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Join Morris Murdock Escorted Tours and Kay Godfrey on a picturesque tour including Maine, Vermont, and upstate New York, which is one of his signature tours and a beloved itinerary by all.  

In the fall the mountains in the Eastern US burn with color so rich and beautiful you must see it in person at least once in your lifetime. Combine that thrill with the spiritual side of an LDS church history tour that will share with you intimate and in-depth details of the Prophet Joseph's early life in Sharon and Palmyra. See the sites that shaped a young man of faith into the prophet of the restored gospel. On this tour, we will open this history to you in a way that your love and testimony of the prophet will never be the same.

*Please note that while the physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is not significant, the days are full of touring from breakfast to dinner time with "down-time" only in the evening.

Tour ID #9224J08

We offer A CASH DISCOUNT of $60.00 on this tour. It applies for all payments made by check or ACH AFTER the deposit, and only when the deposit amount is paid by credit card.

To book this tour contact your favorite Morris Columbus Travel Advisor or the Group Tour Manager listed below:

Questions? Contact:

Dani Edmunds, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6114
Email Dani

Day 1: Tuesday,  October 8, 2024
Day 1: Tuesday, October 8, 2024

Departure City - Danvers, MA

Our journey begins as we fly to Boston, Massachusetts. Upon arrival we board our motorcoach and travel to our welcome dinner and hotel in Danvers, MA.

Meals : Dinner
Day 2: Wednesday, October 9, 2024
Day 2: Wednesday, October 9, 2024

Topsfield, MA - Boothbay Harbor, ME

After breakfast we tour various LDS Church history sites, including the Smith Family Homestead and Pine Grove Cemetery. Afterwards, we begin our scenic drive to Boothbay Harbor, Maine where we board the “Pink Lady,” and enjoy a picturesque cruise near rocky shores, quiet coves, islands, lighthouses, and yachts at anchor in the busy marinas. Later this afternoon we have time to wander and shop this quaint town before dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Thursday, October 10, 2024
Day 3: Thursday, October 10, 2024

Boothbay Harbor, ME - West Lebanon, NH

Our tour today includes spectacular fall foliage as we travel through Vermont. As we travel, we see various Church history sites such as the Smith Home in Norwich, Vermont, and the Smith Homesite in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Friday, October 11, 2024
Day 4: Friday, October 11, 2024

Sharon, VT - Burlington, VT

This morning our tour begins at the Joseph Smith Memorial in Sharon, Vermont, where Joseph Smith was born. Next, we see various church history sites such as the Tunbridge Village Store, the Tunbridge covered bridge, and Royalton, Vermont.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Saturday, October 12, 2024
Day 5: Saturday, October 12, 2024

Bennington, VT - Binghamton, NY

This morning, we depart for Binghamton, NY. En route we visit the Battle of Bennington and the grave site of the poet, Robert Frost. We continue to Colesville, New York where the first branch of the Church was organized. We then visit the Josiah Stowell home, Joseph Knight home, and the Baptist Church.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6: Sunday, October 13, 2024
Day 6: Sunday, October 13, 2024

Susquehanna - Fayette, NY - Palmyra, NY

Following Sacrament meeting, our day of touring includes the Susquehanna River, Priesthood Restoration sites, and McKune Cemetery.  We see Joseph and Emma Smith’s first home, in which their first child was born and much of the Book of Mormon was translated, and the Isaac Hale Home. This afternoon we visit the Peter Whitmer Farm in Fayette, which is where the Church was organized on April 6, 1830, and is near the location of the manifestation to the Three Witnesses. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Monday, October 14, 2024
Day 7: Monday, October 14, 2024

Palmyra, NY 

We begin our tour in Palmyra at the Sacred Grove and reflect on the special events that took place here. We tour the Joseph Smith Sr home and farm, including the log cabin where Moroni first appeared to Joseph Smith. Following lunch, we visit the E.B. Grandin building where the Book of Mormon was printed, and the grave site of Alvin Smith, eldest brother of Joseph Smith. Our last stop for the day is the Hill Cumorah and visitor's center.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Tuesday, October 15, 2024
Day 8: Tuesday, October 15, 2024

Niagara Falls - Kirtland, OH 

Today we journey to Niagara Falls, America’s oldest state park. You will have free time for sightseeing and pictures. You may even choose to board the Maid of the Mist boat which passes directly in front of the falls and enters Horseshoe Basin. This is a not to be missed activity! After free time for sightseeing and lunch, we travel to Kirtland, OH. Upon arrival in Kirtland, we visit the Morley Farm.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Wednesday, October 16, 2024
Day 9: Wednesday, October 16, 2024

Kirtland, OH - Flight Home

We spend the morning visiting the Kirtland Temple, the newly restored Joseph Smith home, and Historic Kirtland Village which includes the Church Visitor’s Center, Whitney Home and Store, Johnson Inn, Ashery, and Sawmill. Our tour concludes with a greater appreciation of the life of the Prophet Joseph and all those who have made their mark in the early years of the church. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour!
  • Morris Murdock LDS tour Director for the whole trip along with local guides
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded travel agency with 60 years of experience!! IT MATTERS!


  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • 8-night's hotel accommodations
  • Meals as specified on itinerary 
  • Meal gratuities on included meals
  • Group transfers
  • Ground transportation via deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • All Admissions and activities as specified in itinerary
  • Taxes on included services
  • Tour Guide/Church Historian Kay Godfrey

Not Included:

  • Airfare to Boston, MA, and back from Cleveland, OH
  • Additional transfers when not arriving or departing with group
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Trip cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Checked baggage fees
  • Bus Driver and Historian gratuities

Pricing Options:

  • Double Occupancy: $1,995 per person
  • Single Occupancy: $2,599 per person
  • Triple Occupancy: $1,945 per person
  • Quad Occupancy: $1,895 per person
  • Cash Discount: $60.00

Payment Terms:

  • $250.00 per-person due at booking time
  • Final payment due August 8, 2024
  • Read our Terms & Conditions

Questions? Contact:

Dani Edmunds, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6114
Email Dani