There are many sites associated with early church history, as well as sites highlighting the canal, such as a depot on Market Street. Canaltown Days is held in September each year. Palmyra is just a few miles north of the Thruway and borders Ontario County to the south. The Palmyra-Macedon Central School District serves students in the area. The town has three parks. Henry Wells, founder of American Express and co-founder of Wells Fargo, lived here in the 1800s.
Joseph Smith’s log cabin was rebuilt on its original site, and the Church of Latter Day Saints built the Palmyra New York Temple on a portion of the former Smith Farm. The Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site – known as the Grandin Building – is where, in 1830, the Book of Mormon was first published. The Hill Cumorah and Visitor Center are on Route 21.
A 19th century original general store has been converted to a museum on Market Street. The Alling Coverlet Museum – featuring the largest collection of hand-woven coverlets in the country – is on William Street.