Adam-Ondi-Ahman (Garden of Eden) | Daviess County, Missouri
Adam-ondi-Ahman is a historic site in Daviess County, Missouri, about five miles south of Jameson. It is located along the east bluffs above the Grand River. According to the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), it is the site where Adam and Eve lived after being expelled from the Garden of Eden. It teaches that the place will be a gathering spot for a meeting of the priesthood leadership, including prophets of all ages and other righteous people, prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
The name was first referenced in about 1832, in a revelation to Joseph Smith prior to being attached to a specific place.The name was also the title of a hymn that was popular in the early church.
Adam-ondi-Ahman has been speculatively translated as the "Valley of God, where Adam dwelt"
Contemporaries of Smith stated that he taught that the Garden of Eden was located in the vicinity of Independence, Missouri,and that after Adam and Eve were banished from the garden, they went to Adam-ondi-Ahman.
The Latter Day Saints once proposed building a Temple on the site. Such efforts were halted in the 19th century as a result of the 1838 Mormon War to evict the Latter Day Saints from Missouri. Their having declared Adam-ondi-Ahman as a sacred site for a Temple was a flash point in that confrontation.
After the Latter Day Saints were evicted, residents renamed the site Cravensville. It was the site of a skirmish during the American Civil War on August 4, 1862, when Union troops attempted to stop Confederate reinforcements in the First Battle of Independence. Six Confederates were killed and 10 wounded. The Union forces had five wounded.
Today, most of the site is owned by the LDS Church and is used predominantly as farmland.