DescriptionThe first permanent settler came to this area in 1811, and the township was formed in 1822. In 1831 the settlement expanded when Mormon leader Joseph Smith and many of his followers arrived; Smith wrote much of the doctrine of the Church of Latter Day Saints while he lived here. Nearly 3,000 people lived in Kirtland by the time the Mormons moved westward in 1838.
Today this historic village is known for its amenities, both man-made and natural. Lakeland Community College occupies 400 rolling, wooded acres. Chapin Forest Reservation's 390 acres offer an opportunity to picnic or hike.
Things to SeeHistoric Kirtland