|Reproduction of the famous Borgund Stavkirke in Laerdal, Norway.|
|Wide angle of the property|
L-R Cabin Museum, Bathrooms, Chapel and Visitors Center/Shop
Left - Honoring those who Sailed the Western Sea and Settled in a New Land
Right - Honoring Warriors of Loyal Service who Died for Their Homeland
On the acreage is a little visitors center with a "Stabbur," which is a traditional grass-roof. In the little gift shop is literature about the chapel as well as Norwegian cooking, dolls, plates, etc. Scott bought some Swedish Dala Horses and they were really yummy. Less sugary then US candies, which I prefer.
|Swedish Dala Horses - Yum!|
Here is a little video of the cottage museum:
The chapel itself has a beautiful wooden roof-line that I can actually touch!! It's almost doll-house size with a few benches, narrow walkway and just a very peaceful and private setting. The carvings are amazing and while it's simple, the symbolism is great.
|Beautifully detailed chapel|
|The roof is so low I can touch the wood|
|All Wooden church from roof to floor|
|Intricately Carved Door Details|
|The tiny chapel|
|Detailing of the ceiling|
|Primitive and Rustic Floors...that creak.|
|Wide angle view|
|This is a lepers door on the outside of the church.|
Everyone had the opportunity to partake of the sacrament.
|Outside from the walk around covered porch surrounding the entire building.|
And along the outside of the porch surrounding the chapel. It protects the chapel from the elements and that's why the roof line is so low.
Along with the chapel is a church bell nestled in my Meditation Trail on the grounds as well as the entrance to a leisurely path.
|Meditation Trail with Figurines|
|Come to Me and Rest|
|Lord Teach Me to Pray|
|Trust God with Child-like Faith|
|Pray for Children and Families|
|Trust God to Provide What We Need|
|Pray for World Peace|
|Amen - God Hears Our Prayers|
|End of the Trail|
|Returning back to the Chapel and Bell|
Hours for the Chapel in the Hills are from 8 a.m. to dusk every day of the week from May 1 - Sept 30th. There is plenty of parking - even for RVs and if the parking area is full just head out and park on the street where there is lots of room. The grounds are open during April and October but on limited basis as the weather permits. It is also open on selected dates - see Facebook or their website (link above) for details. There is no cost or entrance fee and only donations are asked. It was a lovely place to visit and embrace the Scandinavian culture. Also, on Hwy 16 heading toward Custer is also the House of Scandinavia Shop.
After Chapel in the Hills, we went to a whole food store called, Staple & Spice and then we spotted a quilt shop as we drove down St. Joseph Street in Rapid City. 40 minutes later, Scott wondered if I had gotten lost! LOL.