GAMBIER — Dedicated in January 1863, Quarry Chapel is 150 years old this year, and area residents are invited to a celebratory open house. Located at the corner of Quarry Chapel and Monroe Mills roads, this National Historical Landmark and architectural gem will be open on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and docents will be available to provide tours and discuss the history of the building, which is usually locked except on special occasions such as weddings and chamber concerts.
Officially named Christ Church at the Quarry, the chapel is one of the oldest buildings in the county and closely connected to the history of Kenyon College. It played a significant role in the lives of the families who lived nearby and went there for Sunday services, baptisms, weddings and funerals.
Thomas Hoffmann, president of the Friends of Quarry Chapel, said one of the main characters in the building of the chapel was a man named William Fish who lived in what is now Gambier House in downtown Gambier.
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