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Sunday, July 17

The Mohawk Chapel


A couple of weeks ago, Carole from Pea's Corner and her friend, Steve, came to our part of Ontario on their way to Niagara Falls. The first day we took them to Port Dover for lunch and a stroll around the beach. Then we visited the Mohawk Chapel before going out to dinner. It was a great day and Pea has it all recorded on her blog.


This photo wasn't taken on the day that we visited, but it is a nice photo of the Chapel, which was the first Protestant church in Upper Canada and the oldest surviving church in the entire province of Ontario. It was originally named St. Paul's and is the only Royal Chapel in North America.

During the American Revolution, Joseph Brant and members of the Mohawk tribe sided with the British. The Chapel was given to the Mohawks for their loyalty when it was built in 1795. This was to help compensate for the lost land in New York that came about because of their loyalty to Britain. They were also given 760,000 acres along the Grand River from the source to the mouth.

The Chapel is a very interesting place to visit. The pews are hewn from wood and the beautiful stained glass windows are breath taking. They tell the story of Joseph Brant bringing his people from the US to Upper Canada. No photos are allowed inside the Chapel so unfortunately I can't show you the beauty of the entire place.

If you are in the area of Brantford, Ontario. Be sure to stop and visit the Mohawk Chapel. Joseph Brant and his son are buried here and there is an early Native cemetery surrounding the church.

8 comments:

  1. I don't know if or when I'll be in the area again, but it seems like a nice spot to visit.

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  2. What a pretty little chapel! I would love to visit it if I'm ever there.

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  3. There is nothing more beautiful than kneeling at the altar of an old church and feeling the years of faith that poured in and out of those doors.

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  4. I so loved visiting this chapel with you, it truly was beautiful inside with its simplicity! It's a shame we couldn't take pictures inside, especially of the stained glass windows. Mary, you can save on your computer all the pictures I posted on my blog from our visit with you, you're more than welcomed to them:-) Looking forward to visiting with you again, we so enjoyed ourselves!! xoxo

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  5. Very interesting, Mary! The photo is beautiful!

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  6. I really enjoyed this post about the oldest church. Thanks for sharing. Peace

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  7. I enjoyed this post,too!! It is so HOT here in Missouri! 100 degrees today.... Staying indoors! hugs Carolyn

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