Chapel of the Winds
The sign up close
Finding Chapel of the Winds
Just south of Greenville, Ohio, is a little known place called "Chapel of the Winds". If you weren't a local, and had never heard of it before, you would likely never run across it.
As you drive along Highway 36, a gravel lane leads off of the highway, to a small stand of trees in the middle of a field. Right where the trees begin, there is a sign welcoming you to "Chapel of the Winds".
Even then, you can't see back the lane, to see what the sign is welcoming you to. As you go farther in, the wildness of the growth surrounds you. To the right, you'll see a little gazebo-type structure, which turns out to be a pretty way to fence in an old well.
First glimpse of the Chapel
Then straight ahead, there it is--the "Chapel of the Winds"...a small red brick chapel, with the door standing wide open. A large wooden cross stands at the entrance to the path that leads to the chapel.
At first glance, your eyes are pulled to the plywood which covers what probably once was a stained glass window, and below that is a plaque above the door, which bears the words:
"CHAPEL OF THE WINDS" Oct. 1991...IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY MANSIONS".
In researching this, we found little information about it on the internet, including when it was actually built. I do know that this was here previous to the date on the plaque, which is 1991. It's possible that the original structure was re-built in brick, and then dedicated with the current plaque.
But it really doesn't matter how old it is--it's what is inside...simplicity, peace, and faith.
Simplicity because it is very small, with six small pews that would each sit two people. Rough brick walls are all it offers, with a cross painted in white on the back wall, in between two windows.
In front of the windows is a wooden railing, which has an cement-topped iron box set into the corner. There is a small slot carved into the cement top, with a small plaque that states:
"Donations are used for the upkeep and maintenance of chapel and grounds...Thank You".
The whole front area in front of that is chipped and broken, where vandals had most likely tried to break inside to take what donations were there.
Sitting on top of that were several filled notebooks, filled with hand-written prayers.
In front of the railing stands a small pulpit, where a Gideon's New Testament Bible was laid, along with more notebooks and pens.
Skimming through these notebooks, you will be in awe of how many people have visited this out of the way place...
Peace...As soon as we got out of the car there, that was the feeling we had. No noise other than what God blessed this Earth with...sounds of birds singing, and wind blowing calmly through the trees. And when we walked inside the chapel, the feeling of peace continued. We wondered how many others had come here just to find some peace in the middle of their hectic or burden-filled day...
Faith was very prominent, too. You could tell that this was a place where many had come for private talks with God, or quiet reflection. The notebooks were filled with others' pleas for His help, or to just thank Him for his blessings. How many people came to this chapel all twisted up inside emotionally, but left feeling a little less burdened?
Walking outside, the grounds around the chapel have been allowed to grow wildly, adding to the charm and rustic-ness of the place.
There is a slightly beaten down path that leads around the right side of the chapel, and circles completely around it. Scattered throughout this area are small handmade wooden crosses, memorials, and artificial flower groupings, left in memory of a loved one.
It was so touching to see these, and made us wonder how many more were hidden in the overgrown brush that surrounded the chapel.
At one spot, near the front is a large man-made symbol of some sort on the ground. It was approximately 12 feet long, and five feet deep, and made of stones and mortar. The only way to describe it is that it looks like a long line, which curves up on the right end, then what looks like three upside-down horseshoes "connected" to the underneath of it.
I wasn't able to find out what this symbol may stand for, so if anyone does know, I'd love to hear from you!
We had driven by this spot for many years, and talked about the chapel, but never turned in that gravel drive until today. And I am so very glad that we finally did...
But it is obvious that many people have visited this chapel...hopefully they found what they were looking for when they entered this wonderful little "Chapel of the Winds"...
I know we did.
Watch for small wooded area, south side of highway, sign is right at the woods' entrance.
Amber on November 03, 2017:
So excited to get married next Saturday here!
shirley on July 01, 2015:
It. Was built and still owned by Don Wright who lives just down the road on 127
Katrina Fletcher on February 03, 2014:
They did used to leave the building unlocked at all times until recently when vandals ruined that for everyone. My mother was married there, and there are memorials there for my Grandma and two Great Grandma's. It's a beautiful peaceful place.
Tammy Cornett (author) from Ohio on April 09, 2011:
Anon--Thanks so much for your comments!
I used to live just south of Greenville growing up, so I've known about this place for a long time, too. I've always heard the same story that your mom told, so I believe that it must be true...many members of my family have stopped by here through the years, and the door has always been open each time...
And I agree--the Chapel of the Winds is one of the most peaceful places that I've ever visited, and I am anxious to go back again, now that spring is finally here!
Thanks again for coming by and leaving your memories...I loved hearing them! :)
Anon on April 09, 2011:
I grew up in Greenville. I've since moved far away, but the Chapel of the Winds is one of the cherished memories of my childhood.
I remember my mother telling me as a child that the owner of the chapel used to leave the door unlocked all the time, including during the night, so that people who had no where else to turn could at least find shelter in the house of God.
I don't know if that's actually true or if it's just a pretty story she liked to tell. But I can certainly say that the little chapel touched me in a way that no other place ever has.
Tammy Cornett (author) from Ohio on January 07, 2011:
You're welcome, Lindsey! I hope that Sheena comes back here and answers your question for you--I'm afraid I don't know, either!
Lindsey on January 06, 2011:
Sheena, did you have to contact anyone or anything for your ceremony there? We have been looking for a small spot like this for a very small intimate ceremony. The candlelight sounds beautiful :)
TamCor, what a great find! Thank you for sharing!
Tammy Cornett (author) from Ohio on December 02, 2010:
Thank you Sheena, for letting me know that--I honestly thought it had been built a lot earlier than that! I'm from south of Greenvillea few miles, and had been by it many times, but I just couldn't remember when we first started seeing it! :)
What a beautiful place to have a wedding, also--that's a terrific idea...thanks again for your comments!
Sheena on December 01, 2010:
After asking around I was told it was built in the 80s and fixed in the 90s. It is really a hidden jewel.
Sheena on December 01, 2010:
Yes this place is real. I was married there in December of 2005. Since there is no electricity we used candles to light the place up. It's simply beautiful. My husband is from Greenville and was told growing up it was built by a guy for his own worshiping in the early 1900's.
Tammy Cornett (author) from Ohio on September 07, 2010:
Thank you reddog--what a nice comment. Maybe someday you will run across a similar place where you live! :)
reddog1027 from Atlanta, GA on September 06, 2010:
What a lovely find. We all need a just like that when our burdens are to heavy to carry alone. Thanks for sharing this quiet spot with the rest of us. My burdens are already a little lighter.
Tammy Cornett (author) from Ohio on September 06, 2010:
Thanks, Nancy! I'm so glad you enjoyed the pics--I had many more of them, but had to draw the line somewhere, lol.
Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on September 06, 2010:
Hey Tammy...love your hub. Just looking at the pictures is relaxing. Thanks
Tammy Cornett (author) from Ohio on September 06, 2010:
You're welcome singlmom,and thank YOU for commenting! The chapel in Arkansas sounds...well...heavenly, lol...I'd love to see it someday! :)
singlmomat52 on September 06, 2010:
So beautiful, thank you for sharing! There is a chapel in Arkansas that has all glass walls and is tucked away in a quiet spot in the woods I am told.
Thanks for sharing such a jewel!!
Tammy Cornett (author) from Ohio on September 05, 2010:
Hi Candie--Thanks! I'm glad you liked this. Yes, I'm hoping someone will come across this and tell me what they might know--this place is a real mystery to us! :)
Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on September 05, 2010:
Tammy this is quite a find! I hope someone out there has some more background information - would be great to know a little bit about the why's and when's this was built. Thank you for sharing this chapel and the beauty that surrounds it!