We visited Kirtland in August of 2013. The weather was cool and beautiful. It was past “peak” season, so it was not crowded at any of the sites. We were there on a Sunday, so we attended sacrament meeting at the local Kirtland ward, and then went to the Visitors’ Center afterward. We had plenty of time to visit all the sites before they closed.
Location and Hours
Check the Church website for the latest information:
Kirtland Visitors’ Center
7800 Kirtland-Chardon Rd.
Kirtland, OH 44094
Open M-Sat 9:00am-7:00pm (5:00pm in winter)
Sunday 11:30am – 7:00pm
Admission is free
At the Kirtland Visitors’ Center you can visit:
The Newel K. Whitney Store
The Whitney home
Johnson Inn Resource Center (museum)
The Kirtland Sawmill
The Kirtland Ashery
There are guided tours here (usually senior missionary couples). You can see all of these places in 2-3 hours (or less, if you are in a hurry)
Nearby, but too far to walk:
Isaac Morley Farm –– a few minutes by car from the visitors’ center.
The Kirtland temple stone quarry
The John Johnson home is in Hiram, about a 30-minute drive from Kirtland. There are free tours of the home there, given by missionaries. Allow at least an hour to spend there, plus an hour driving time (round trip).
The Kirtland Temple
9020 Chillicothe Rd.
Kirtland, OH 44094
The Kirtland Temple is owned by Community of Christ Church. There is a very nice museum at the visitors’ center, with artifacts from the early church, and lots of information on the time period of 1830-1838.
Check their website for the most up-to-date information
Hours of Operation:
Feb — Tours on Saturday & Sunday by appt. only
Mar-Apr: Wed-Sat 10:00am – 4:00pm, Sun 1:00 – 4:00
May-Oct: Mon – Sat 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sun 1:00 – 5:00
Nov-Dec: Wed-Sat 10:00am – 4:00pm, Sun 1:00 – 4:00
Admission is $3.00
The nearest airport to Kirtland is Cleveland, which is about 25 miles away. We stayed in the Marriott Residence Inn by the Airport for a reasonable price. The room slept 5-6 (2 queens and a sofa bed) and had a full kitchen. A hot breakfast was included, with cold and hot foods — waffles, eggs, potatoes, oatmeal, cereal, muffins, etc. We were very pleased with our accommodations. However, this hotel is well outside the city, with limited choices of restaurants nearby.