Historic Kirtland Village School
7800 Kirtland Chardon Rd.
Kirtland, OH 44094
Kirtland is a small settlement in northern Ohio where members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered shortly after the Church was founded. Between 1831 and 1838, Joseph Smith and early members of the Church established Church headquarters in Kirtland, built a temple, and laid a foundation of strength for the future. Historic Kirtland Village, located in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio, is the name given to a historic site (itself made up of historic buildings and sites important to the early Latter Day Saint movement). The village is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The church purchased the first property in the village, the Newel K. Whitney Store, in the late 1970s, and restored it in 1984. In the years since the church acquired more historic buildings and property in the area. In April 2000, plans were announced to restore the remaining buildings, while reconstructing others, and building a new visitors’ center. Following the completion of the project, LDS Church President, Gordon B. Hinckley, dedicated the site on May 18, 2003. Other structures include the Historic Kirtland Visitors’ Center and the Kirtland Schoolhouse, a replica of the original built on this spot in 1819, where visitors can learn about the simple nature of education in the early 1800s, as well as the early worship meetings of the Latter-day Saints held here.