This house was built by Joseph Noble. When the Saints were forced to leave Nauvoo, he and his family left with them. Lucy Mack Smith (mother of the Prophet Joseph Smith) chose not to go west. She was quite elderly and suffered from arthritis so she felt she would not be able to endure the trip. The church leaders loved and admired her so much they deeded this sweet little house to her and did everything they could to make her comfortable. Even built a carriage house around back, complete with a "fine carriage".
Part of the time her daughter, Lucy, son-in-law, Arthur, and their two children lived here with Lucy Mack Smith. Later, when her arthritis became worse, she moved in with Emma Smith (who had remarried) and was cared for by Emma and her grandchildren until she died.
Lucy Mack Smith was a small but feisty woman who was confronted often (not always kindly) about her son, Joseph, and she always defended him. She knew he was a prophet of God and The Book of Mormon was the Word of God. She is an amazing example of faith and endurance.
|Living area (right)|
|Living area (left)|
Because of her arthritis, she probably did NOT go up and down the stairs.
They are very steep and narrow.
|from the bottom|
|from the top|