Amity, Pennsylvania: Grave of Solomon Spaulding

Spaulding, a Presbyterian minister, wrote a work of fiction that critics say was later turned into the Book of Mormon. His tombstone mentions none of this.

Lower Ten Mile Presbyterian Church

644 Amity Ridge Rd, Amity, PA
Lower Ten Mile Presbyterian Church. In the village of Amity, on the west side of US-19/Amity Ridge Rd. The Spaulding gravestone, gray and blocky, is directly behind the brick church, one of the first stones in the cemetery.
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Grave of Solomon Spaulding.

Solomon Spaulding Grave

The Book of Mormon was originally written in Amity, Washington County, Pennsylvania, which in time will be regarded as the Mecca of Mormonism. Rev. Solomon Spaulding, who wrote the original fiction, is buried just behind the Presbyterian Church in the middle of the village. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College and settled in this rural village with a view to banish ennui. Here he wrote a romance based upon fiction and, over time, the manuscript became the Golden Bible Book of Mormon.

[Farley D Toothman, 04/28/2021]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' official position on the Spaulding manuscript is that its similarities to the Book of Mormon -- which Spaulding's predates -- are "general and superficial."

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