About Us – Historic Mansion in Palmyra

The Beckwith Mansion & Estate

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Beckwith Mansion

A little About Us – Historic Mansion in Palmyra –  We are classified as a Tourist Home, but effective 10/1/2018 we are no longer accepting overnight reservations.

The reason we are cutting back on overnight guests is the owner, D. Brent Walton, has contacted myasthenia gravis.  This means much of the maintenance that was being done by him can no longer be done by him.  Heath and financial reasons necessitate the inevitable sale of the mansion.  How soon?  We aren’t sure.

It’s a great home on a lovely lot.  For someone, this can be a great B&B or Inn.  Or, an investor might want to turn it into a multi-unit rental.  (Personally, I think that would ruin the charm, but I’m not going to tell the next owner what they can and cannot do with the place.)

Here are some of the upgrades we’ve done:

  • In-line natural gas generator that powers all of the essential items plus more.
  • Steel Roof
  • Heat pump/AC installed in large den.
  • Laminate flooring in the kitchen.
  • Remodeled outbuilding with a nice “office” area.
  • Brought sump-pump up to code
  • Installed a backyard well
  • Installed a wood burning furnace in the formal dining room
  • Replaced several windows with double-pane windows.
  • Overall General maintenance


There is a lovely deck for backyard picnics with huge trees and friendly squirrels to watch while you enjoy the gardens.  The gardens are especially beautiful in the Spring with thousands of bulbs and flowers blooming.  Fall is also lovely with the turning of the leaves on the maples, oaks, walnut, chestnut and many other trees.  Please note that we do not allow alcohol or tobacco anywhere on the grounds.


Palmyra only has one inn, a couple of B&Bs, a couple of vacation rentals.  We recommend you plan your trip well in advance!  Book your rooms 12-6 months before Pageant.



Our Location

Our location is close to the following area attractions:

LDS Attractions

Alvin Smith’s Grave – about 600 feet (Church St & Main St).
Book of Mormon Publication Site (aka Grandin Press) – 0.25 miles east of the Mansion.
Martin Harris Farm – 2 miles (Maple St north of Route 31).  Note:  There are no tours here.  The house on this property was built after the Harris’ occupied the farm.  There is a parking lot where you can stop, get out, and look around.  Please do not disturb the residents who live in the house.
Joseph Smith Farm & Sacred Grove – 2 miles (Stafford Road south of Route 31).
New York Palmyra Temple – 2 miles (Temple Road across from Smith Farm).
Hill Cumorah – 5 miles (home of the Hill Cumorah Pageant – Route 21 south of Route 31).
Peter Whitmer Farm – 45 minute drive East via I-90 or NY ST Route 96.

 Where to Eat in Palmyra

Happiness Garden – 212 E Main Street (1/4 mile).
Nima’s Pizza – Corner of Main and Williams (1/4 mile).
Mark’s Pizza – 240 E Main Street (1/3 mile).
Chill-n-Grill (seasonal April-September) – 616 E Main (1 mile).
Acropolis  – 513 Canal Street (1 mile).

Special note to Palmyra Temple Patrons:

To our Latter-day Saint friends, winter months can be unpredictable.  When you find yourself stuck in the area while attending the temple during the winter (i.e. too much snow to drive home), give us a call.

Special note to college students: 

Would you like to spend time in Palmyra?  This fall/winter, we are offering room-and-board in exchange for 20 hours/week of work around the house and yard.  That’s right, 20 hours and we’ll house and feed you.  That leaves time for a social life, another job, school, etc.  Certain terms apply.  Applicants must agree to house rules.

213 W. Main St. Palmyra NY 14522
(315) 359-5280

Visit Brent’s Blog at http://blog.beckwithmansion.com

About the owners of the Beckwith Mansion & Estate

Elizabethe is your hostess during your stay.  She will take your reservations as well as give you a tour of the mansion and show you to your rooms.  You can enjoy her quilling work  and handmade cards in the downstairs foyer.  They too are available for purchase.

D. Brent Walton is a painter, Photographic Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer.  His studio is located on the Beckwith Mansion & Estate grounds.  His work can be seen at http://www.dbwalton.com and http://www.FineArtbyDB.com .

Brent’s work can also be purchased in local shops and stores in the Village of Palmyra, as well as the front parlor of the Beckwith Mansion.  For on-line purchases, visit http://FineArtbyDB.com Available are postcards as well as fine art canvas prints in sizes up to 60 inches wide.  Custom frame selections are also available.  Brent’s book, Palmyra, is available for purchase too.  Those staying at the Beckwith Mansion & Estate may request a book signing with the purchase of your books.

We also offer photographic workshops, classes and photo walks.  The schedule and rates can be found at http://palmyra-ny.com