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Welcome to Palmyra, NY


Palmyra is mainly known for two things – the Erie Canal, which made the area a boom town in the 1800s, and Hill Cumorah, which figured prominently in the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church). Palmyra is the birthplace of Joseph Smith Jr., the founder of the Mormon Church, and every year, a huge outdoor religious festival called the Hill Cumorah Pageant is held in the Palmyra area.


The Palmyra Library is at 127 Cuyler St. The closest supermarkets are Wegmans in Newark, to the east, and Wegmans in Perinton, to the west; a Shur Fine Food Mart in Marion, to the north; and Maple Ridge Grocery and Save-a-Lot, both also in Newark. The Palmyra Post Office is at 522 Main St.

Recreation & Entertainment

Activities centered around the canal, such as boating, are popular in Palmyra. Canaltown Cinema, a movie house showing first-run films, is just south, in Macedon. The Palmyra Historic Museum on Market Street highlight’s the area’s history. Canaltown Days brings a festival flavor to town every year, and the Wayne County fair – billed as the oldest fair in New York state – is held in Palmyra every summer.

Transportation & Traffic

State Highway 31, which runs parallel to the canal, is the main east-west roadway. Route 21 is the main north-south road. The Thruway exit in Manchester, Ontario County, is only about six miles to the south. Traffic can be heavy during the Hill Cumorah Pageant.

Pros & Cons

Palmyra has a quaint canal-town feel, much like that found in other communities that sprung up along the canal in the early 1800s. The area also has a lot of history, particularly that related to the Mormon Church. You’re only minutes away from the Thruway, which has an exit in Manchester to the south.