The Smith Family Cemetery is a peaceful setting on the banks of the Mississippi River that serves as a final resting place for many early Smith family members. As many families did in the time, Joseph and Emma set aside this part of their land to bury family members and friends. During their time in Nauvoo, the Smith family suffered many losses. Joseph's parents, Lucy Mack and Joseph Sr., and many other close family members were laid to rest here. In 1928 the bodies of the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr., his wife Emma, and his brother Hyrum were reinterred to their present location in the family cemetery.
Thousands each year visit the Smith Family Cemetery to remember the lives of those buried here. The Smith Family Cemetery is open 24 hours per day for any who wish to personally pay their respects.