Above: The Chapel and Caretaker's Residence. This important historic building is endangered and on the cusp of recovery.

The Caretakers Residence and Chapel

This building is an important contributing structure in a national historic district. Built in 1928, the house was constructed using Hammond Fire Bricks of clay dug from the banks of the Tygart River at the site of present-day Valley Falls State Park. Construction was the result of community interest, effort and donations.

The old Hammond Fire Brick Company of Marion County donated the bricks [clay mining was an important industry here for over 140 years and WV clay was especially prized due to the small size of its particles]while plumbers and electricians donated their work at cost. Local realtors sold lots to help finance constructions. The facility functioned unil about 1980 as a mortuary chapel and as a caretakers residence and office.

In the fall of 2016 renovation began in phases. A new roof was added and window replacement began. Today windows have been replaced, the interior has been cleaned up and a few rooms are nearing completion. When finished this building will be a wonderful addition to Woodlawn and to our entire community.

The Historic Chapel and Caretaker's Residence

The photos below were taken before
the recent restoration began
but we've come a long, long way!

Check back for updated photos & info.

Chapel/Caretakers Residence ImagesThis brick four-square house at Woodlawn Cemetery is made of Hammond Firebrick with clay from the Tygart River. The building was designed to serve as a funeral parlor and chapel and to serve as offices and a residence for the superinendent.

Contributions are being accepted for continuing work to restore this building. It is envisioned that upon completion it will house an area for a chapel as well as other uses for the community and the Woodlawn Cemetery.

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