Color preferences in small town America. Red, white, or blue.
This scene caught my eye when I noticed the trim of the houses matched the pickup trucks out front. It was taken in Murray City, Ohio, a nice little town with a great American Legion that’s well worth a visit.
The Wesley Chapel Church is located in the Hocking Hills area of Ohio. Some may find it sad that this old church is falling apart. I found it interesting.
There are many churches still standing built in the same time period all around Ohio. They are giant churches made with stone and brick masonry and they probably will be there for 100’s of more years.
This church is just a clapboard building that poor homesteaders put together in the rugged Hocking Hills. With this construction in mind, it’s a wonder that it’s still standing today.
The pioneers that attended this church were a different breed and this church was likely one of the most cherished places in the area.
The interior shows the serious signs of impending doom. You cannot tell in the photo, but there is a giant bow in the middle of the floor. The cross has been vandalized with paint and windows are broken out. The long altar makes you wonder how many prayers were prayed and what they were praying for so many years ago.
Most who attended this church have either passed or moved on to much more modern amenities. Most of the property in the area is for recreation with campgrounds and rental cabins surrounding the area. I don’t feel much sadness for it’s decay, but I’m happy I was able to see it.
For me, The Hocking Hills is an easy 1 hour drive. I’ve got time to go to one part, hang out there as long as I want, then leave knowing that I can always visit another part next time. That gives me the much needed time to wait for a good shot.
I really liked this one because of the light. It was shot in the late evening and if you look in the center, you can see the Old Man’s face formation in the rocks.
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