How Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel Came to Be

November 2012—Group of cousins, most of whom had never met, gathered in the cemetery to find common ancestors’ burial sites. Lynn envisioned a reunion.

April 2013—First Coopers Cousins Reunion.

March 2014—Pam and Denise met with Jason and Gene of Chestnut Creek Baptist Church.

April 2014—Chestnut Creek Baptist Church voted to allow Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel to repair the property and use it for the community as long as Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel exist as a nonprofit, with one member of Chestnut Creek Baptist Church congregation serving on our board. Gene became a board member.

May 2014—Second Coopers Cousins Reunion.

August 2014—Ola joined our efforts to form the nonprofit.

September 2014—Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel became a legal nonprofit organization.

October 2014—First Board Meeting.

October 2014—Historical Society guest speakers.

Our Vision

Promote the feeling that one has “stepped back in time” upon entering.
Reopen the balcony.
The sanctuary will remain a sanctuary.
The four rooms on each corner will be mini-museums.
The two rooms on each side of the vestibule will be research rooms, housing genealogical collections, a library, and internet connection.

What can you do?

Share your memories. Write them down.
Send us copies of old photographs or allow us to make copies.
Participate in our Oral History Project.
Donate pieces for the museum rooms – late 1800s to Mid 1900s.

Join Us To Meet These Goals

Put a new roof on the church
Replace the siding on the front
Provide electricity and water to the building
Use the facility for community programs, such as singings, weddings, reunions, etc.
Provide others with a place to research their ancestry

What can you do?

Donate your time and talents. All talents are needed from carpentry, to cleaning, and demolition.
Make a suggested minimum donation of $10.00 or more monthly to repair and maintain this building.