129 miles, 1/2 Day Trip (map above does not accurately show my route, yeah it pisses me off too)
Being Memorial Day weekend I had my choice of group rides to take but I felt like i needed this day to decompress and reflect. I also had a birthday party to hit up by 2 pm so I couldn’t take all day. So I decided to go Han Solo and took a ride to one of my favorite places, Garrett Memorial Chapel. It’s located on Keuka Lake’s Bluff.
I took the old 415 highway to Bath, NY then NY-54 N to Penn Yan, NY. Keep on NY-54 till you hit Assembly Avenue and take a left. When you hit Skyline Drive take a right and follow it till you hit a green metal fence to your left. If you go a little past that you will find a little pull off big enough for maybe 2-3 bikes if you’re creative. It’s flat enough, trust me. Also, your bikes are safe to leave there! I always leave a note in my helmet strap letting people know I’m at the chapel so they aren’t sending out search parties.
Don’t be afraid to cross the chain at the end of the dirt road. They allow visitors after hours they just use that as a deterrent for ATV’s and vehicles. Over the years they’ve had vandals and careless people who in my estimation have no respect for the place.
The Garrett Chapel, also known as the “Little Chapel on the Mount” was constructed by Paul and Evelyn Garrett. They managed Garrett and Company, one of the largest wine producers in the US from 1867 to 1962. While there were operations all over the US, the Garretts called the vineyards on Bluff Point home each summer from 1917 to 1940.
The Chapel was built in memory of their only son, Charles, who died of tuberculosis in 1929. On his deathbed, Charles asked to be returned to the place he loved best – Bluff Point. Today, the Chapel serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of family and the significance of our region to the history of American wine making.The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the last significant remnant of Garrett and Company, its use of a number of novel building materials and techniques, and for the extensive collection of unique stained glass windows, including the last windows ever made by the distinguished artist Frederick Wilson. In Paul Garrett’s words, he and Evelyn chose to expand beyond a memorial, and instead “cast a sermon in stone”, and share much of their progressive views on religion and spirituality, building a seasonal chapel for the community. Since inception, the “Little Chapel on the Mount” has served as a seasonal chapel from July 4 to Labor Day each year. In addition, over 500 weddings have been conducted.
Nature’s elements have conspired to threaten the Chapel’s future. Seasonal use, steep hillside construction, use of unique materials have combined for a difficult preservation challenge.
While the Garrett Chapel Trust has received recognition from the New York State Landmark Society for its care of this historic gem, funding remains the primary constraint in ongoing care and restoration efforts.
Community support has been the primary vehicle for restoration projects. care, and maintenance. –
If you feel moved to help please follow this link Garrett Memorial Chapel
Also, here is a small slide show of more photos for your enjoyment Garrett Chapel Gallery