You can’t walk or drive around the Ocean Point loop on Shore Road in East Boothbay, Maine without stopping to admire the Wilson Memorial Chapel.
The lovely, old stone chapel is non-demoninational and guest ministers, both local and those “from away,” lead the worship services on Sundays from the last weekend in June through the first weekend in September. The Rev. Lewis Wilson honored his wife, Janet M. Wilson, by naming the chapel for her and according to the Chapel records the first service was held in August of 1917 shortly after Rev. Wilson completed construction.
As you walk up the stone steps and through the sturdy door of the Wilson Memorial Chapel you are transported back in time by the stonework, the brick, the woodwork and the gorgeous stained-glass windows. How many guest ministers have given a sermon here in 100 years? How many couples have walked down the brick aisle to pledge their love and speak their vows? How many friends who have passed away have been memorialized in this cozy, intimate place of worship? How many visitors have stood right where you are standing at that moment?
As you leave the chapel, the views of Fishermans Island and Ram Island greet you at the door. In winter the chapel gets blanketed in snow as it awaits the return of Ocean Point residents (Ocean Pointers as they’re called) and a host of new visitors who will appreciate its beauty, just as those who have come before them have.
The summer of 2017 will have many activities to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of this historic chapel. Here are a few activities from the Wilson Memorial Chapel’s March letter which can be downloaded here –> Wilson Chapel:
July 15-16 – 95th occasion of a visit to Ocean Point and the Chapel, from the Maine Seacoast Mission. The Sunbeam will be brought to the Boothbay Harbor area. Tours will be on Sunday, July 16th, from 11:00-1:00 via boat shuttles from the Card Cove dock.
July 21 – The Chapel will be included on the Boothbay Region Garden Club Home & Garden Tour
August 6 – Commemorative service at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 2:30 and is open to all Ocean Pointers and friends, and their guests.
Check their new website (which will be online soon) for details of all activities. www.wilsonmemorialchapel.org
Enjoy your visit to the Wilson Memorial Chapel . . . only a short walk away from the Ocean Point Inn!