Carthage Jail
Carthage Jail
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM– 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM– 5:00 PM

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310 Buchanan Carthage, Illinois 62321
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Carthage Jail

On June 27, 1844, the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred—killed by a mob that attacked them in Carthage Jail, located in Carthage, Illinois. The original jail has been carefully restored and is about a 30-minute drive from Historic Nauvoo.

Carthage Jail is now open for guided tours.

At Carthage Jail, missionaries lead tours where visitors learn about the ministry of Joseph Smith and the final days in the life of Joseph and Hyrum. Latter-day Saint scripture asserts that Joseph “sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so [did] his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated!” (Doctrine and Covenants 135:3).

Visitors to Carthage Jail also learn about two other men, Elders John Taylor and Willard Richards of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. They were in the jail when the mob attacked, and they survived. The Church itself also survived, as Apostles and others built on the foundation the Lord had established through His servant Joseph Smith.