Palmyra is a village and town located on the southern border of Wayne County. It was named after Palmyra, the ancient city in Syria. It has a population of nearly 8,000 and is almost 34 square miles. The Erie Canal passes through the village.
Palmyra is most notably known for the birth of the Latter Day Saint movement. Not only did Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, live on a farm in the town of Palmyra in the early 1800s, but E.B. Grandin published the first Book of Mormon in the village of Palmyra in 1830.