Historic Nauvoo, IL 1840s historic home
HISTORIC PROPERTY FOR SALE
950 WHITE ST. NAUVOO, IL
THIS FOUR STORY HISTORIC BRICK & STONE HOME WAS BUILT IN THE 1840’S AND IS LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC HOMES. IT HAS SIX BEDROOMS AND SIX BATHROOMS AS WELL AS A MODERN KITCHEN. THE HOME IS APPROXIMATELY 5,005 SQ/FT WITH A DETACHED TWO CAR GARAGE. THIS BEAUTIFUL ESTATE IS SITUATED ON 1.5 LANDSCAPED ACRES IN THE HISTORIC DISTRICT OF NAUVOO.
BED & BREAKFAST
THE WILLARD RICHARDS INN HAS SERVED GUESTS AS A BED & BREAKFAST FOR GENERATIONS. IT STILL RETAINS IT’S LICENSE AND THE HOME IS FOR SALE WITH ALL FURNITURE AND FIXTURES - SO YOU CAN START RENTING ON DAY ONE.
Regarded as Nauvoo's best bed & breakfast, the beautiful Willard Richards Inn embraces every aspect of its historic past. Capture the history of a grand Country inn with modern, gracious appointments. The Willard Richards is Decorated in an elegant Nauvoo style with special attention to furniture, exceptional linens, and soft colors in each guest room.
History of the Willard Richards Inn
On August 2, 1843 Joseph Smith called a meeting in the second floor of the Red Brick Store. The prophet referred to those invited as “well-trusted men and women.” Holding up a small notebook he opened it and read from the first page: "We the undersigned, knowing that Elder Willard Richards one of the Twelve who when not abroad among the nations preaching the Gospel is by special appointment of President Joseph Smith and this church is engaged in church business continually. He has no house to abide in and therefore we do mutually agree to furnish such materials, means or labor as may be necessary to build Elder Willard Richards a comfortable home." Joseph Smith then put the notebook on the table and picked up his pen and wrote his contirbution to the building of Dr. Richards a home - he subscribed one city lot. More than 150 people stepped forward and added their names and contribtions to the notebook. Built with charity for an Apostle of the Lord this maeningful home has a very special feeling throughout.
Joseph Smith later wrote in his journal of that night:
“A subscription has been got up to build a house for Elder Willard Richards, to which I subscribed a city lot. The brethren subscribed $25 cash, 10 cords of stone, 30 bushels of lime, 105 days work, $59 in labor, 15,900 bricks, glass, lumber and other materials, together with a quantity of produce. I hope the day is not far-distant when my clerk will have a comfortable house for his family.” - Joseph Smith
Although a beautiful tall brick home was built for Elder Richards and he lived in it with his family until the saints left for Salt Lake Valley in February 1846 , the deed to the lot and home was never officially transferred into Elder Richards name. The lot actually remained recorded as owned by Joseph & Emma Smith jointly, and then became the sole property of Emma Smith after the death of Joseph. Willard Richards and his family lived in the home until he left with the Saints in February 1846. Emma, in desperate times eventually sold the home in December 1847 “to get up some money.”
Elder Willard Richards’s home was the meeting place for Church leaders from the day it was completed. Joseph Smith spent countless hours, day and night working with Elder Richards at his home to complete the History of the Church and the Life of the Prophet Joseph Smith. After the death of the Prophet, Elder Richards' home served as the headquarters of the Church until the rest of the Twelve returned and could get a place organized.
Willard Richards was among the original nine men who were in the Red Brick store when Joseph revealed for the first time the Temple Endowment ceremony and all the associated ordinances. He and Jennetta were sealed by Joseph Smith personally. This group of nine was by tradition often referred to as the Anointed Quorum. They met almost every day to pray and hold special council meetings. Since the Temple was not yet competed, most of the prayer meetings, which included the exercise of new ordinances, sealing couples, and endowment ceremonies, were held in the upper floor of Willard Richards home. Some meetings were also held in Brigham Young’s and John Taylor’s home. Hundreds of journal entries by many of the church leaders record the sacred events and meetings that took place at Dr. Richards’ home. Brigham Young recorded, “we met every day, and sometimes more often at Dr. Richards home for prayer and council.” Heber C. Kimball had over a hundred separate entries in his journal about the sacred prayer meetings and miracles experienced at Willard Richards home.
Famous guests who stayed at the Willard Richards home:
Josiah Quincy – Mayor of Boston
Charles Francis Adams – Son & Grandson of two U.S. Presidents
Abraham Lincoln – Illinois State Legislator & U.S. President
Carl Sandberg – Author and Poet
History of Elder Willard Richards