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Hawn’s Mill Site


Hawn’s Mill was a bustling center of action and productivity until it became the site of a massacre. Now it is an empty field—a place of reflection.

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Questions and Answers about the Hawn’s Mill Massacre

The story of the Hawn’s Mill Massacre is tragic and complex. In this video, historians Jenny Lund and Emily Utt tackle questions about the massacre.

Interactive Map: Places of Interest in Northwest Missouri

Explore places of revelation, adversity, gathering, and memorial for Latter-day Saints in Missouri.

Blessings amidst Tragedy

This piece of cast-iron machinery is one of the few remaining pieces of the gristmill owned by Jacob Hawn. This mill was the site of what is now known as the Hawn’s Mill massacre.

“We Weep When We Remember Zion”: Early Latter-day Saints as Refugees

In late 1838, thousands of Latter-day Saints were expelled from their homes in Missouri. Writings of Albert Perry Rockwood, Franklin D. Richards, and Elizabeth Haven reveal how the Latter-day Saint refugees dealt with tragedy and maintained family ties in the midst of a maelstrom. They also show the kindness of strangers who helped Church members to recover from the trauma of the Missouri expulsion.

What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in Missouri

Find information that can help you plan a visit to these sites.