The Tiny Randy Brown Memorial Chapel

When I saw the sign posted on the railing, it caught me off guard. Enter at my own risk? What the hell has been going on in this little chapel that would bring about such a warning?

Maybe it was a result of not having a good sleep or of feeling like I had gotten “must poisoning” from a hotel room the night before  – but that warning sent my overactive imagination reeling with ideas of what terror must’ve existed beyond the door of the little chapel.

Walking up to the closed door, I debated whether I should even open it. My imagination was racing. I just knew that I would turn the knob, gently push it open – only to come face-to-face with a deranged Pappy Yokum-type, stinking of pee and liquor and who was spoilin’ for a fight.

Imagine my surprise when I was instead greeted by little more than four tiny pews, a peaceful light and a portrait of Randy Brown.

Randy Brown Memorial Chapel
Buckhannon, West Virginia
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Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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8 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    That looks cool

  2. Oilyrover says:

    The Davinchi code was on this weekend. My mind went right to secret chamber under the floor, holy grail, secret society, illuminati, vial with the blood of christ, fill in your religious conspiracy here.

    • Fuzzygalore says:

      I love that movie/book.

      Have you ever seen that Johnny Depp movie where he’s trying to find the gate to hell? I think it’s called – Ninth Gate. That was a runner up for what was behind door number one 😀

  3. Wendyvee says:

    What a cool find 🙂 That first picture is so great … it looks as if you had a posse of production assistants to artfully place each leaf in just the right place 🙂

  4. Oz says:

    Beautiful place. I love those out of the way sites.

  5. Steel says:


  6. BorderPlanet says:

    I love places like this. Many years ago I used to visit a small, gravel floored A-Frame chapel out in the forest, Northwest of Flagstaff. It was very peaceful. One end was just big enough for the door and the other end was one big wall of glass, facing a mountain. People used to tack notes to the door that said, “Getting married on June 6th, reserved for that date”! The interior roof went to the floor and was covered with notes and prayers tacked to the rafters. The chapel burned many years ago and I have not been up that way since.

    I just Googled it and found it was rebuilt and looks the same, only now people are writing and carving on the walls instead of tacking up pieces of paper.

    It even has a Yelp page.

  7. Elaine says:

    Sure would love to know the story of this little boy.

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