A Different Kind of Cathedral
Oct 11th, 2011 | By Prudence Lay | Category: Travel, Travel Tips
There are many cities in the world with grand cathedrals at their center. The countries of Europe, the United Kingdom, Mexico and South America all have breathtaking churches that inspire thoughts of God and His majesty, and make you ponder on the amount of time, skill, energy and money that must have gone into constructing these buildings.
According to the dictionary, the term “cathedral” is often applied colloquially to any large and impressive church. While we can all bring to mind famous churches that meet this description, have you ever considered that a “cathedral” may not have walls?
In the mountains of New Hampshire, there is just such a place. It is aptly named the Cathedral of the Pines. The original property of 128 acres was purchased in the late 1930’s as a couple’s home with room for each of their four children to build homes on the property as well. Sadly, one son, Sandy did not return from WW2 and in August 1945, his parents held a memorial service on the piece of property that Sandy was to have built his home on. Many people attended this service and thus the story of the Cathedral in the Pines began.
In the 1960’s the family built a bell tower on the property specifically to honor women, both civilian and military who served in the armed forces, tended farms, worked in factories, served with the Red Cross, nurses, war correspondents, USO performers and housewives. These are the women who, until the time of the tower in their honor, had been largely unrecognized for their service to their country.
The bell tower was the first monument in the US dedicated to honoring women’s service and sacrifice to our nation. It is a fitting tribute representing the strength of women.
The Cathedral of the Pines property is now 238 acres of beautiful sanctuary grounds, outdoor chapels and gardens that host many events from May 1 to October 31 when the Cathedral is open to the public. Although there is no entrance fee, donations are gratefully accepted.
Cathedral of the Pines
10 Hale Hill Road
Rindge, NH 03461
Phone # 603-899-3300
With more than three decades of home interior design and international travel experience, Prudence Lay has developed a sharp eye for how to create inviting living environments and adventurous travel experiences. Currently Prudence and her family reside in Sisters, Oregon where she is enjoying her latest adventure as Home and Travel Feature Editor of LivingBetterat50+.