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Jordan's Chapel

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1852, 1952. East side of Summers County 18, 1 mile north of intersection with WV 20 at Pipestem

This simple clapboard structure, West Virginia vernacular at its purest, stands in striking contrast to the aggressively modern architecture at nearby Pipestem State Park. Its timber-frame (rather than log) construction was rare for its time and place. A tiny louvered belfry straddles the ridge of its gable roof, and a polygonal extension brings up the rear. A cast iron, potbellied stove provides heat in winter, and two nineteenth-century privies are on the grounds. The chapel, owned by the Methodist church, was named for the donor of the land on which it was built. For its 100th anniversary in 1952, the chapel was repaired and given a new sheet metal roof.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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