Today's post continues with our visit on Thursday to the Chapel in the Hills located in Rapid City. Yesterday I mentioned that the chapel is an exact reproduction of the famous Borgund Stavkirke of Laerdal, Norway which was built around the year 1150 and is considered the most completely preserved stave church still standing in Norway. It really is an amazing work of art. If you missed the interior of the church itself you can go back to yesterday's post & catch up :)
But for today we're going to peek inside an authentic log cabin 'museum' that was built in 1876 by Edward Nielsen, a Norwegian immigrant gold prospector from Hole, Ringerike, Norway. It contains many items brought over by early immigrants as well as items used in their everyday lives. We enjoyed watching the slide presentation giving pertinent facts & information on all of it's contents. I could have spent more time checking each & every item out.
We ran out of time, but just down the path was a stabbur, a grass-roofed house, built in Norway, shipped to Rapid City, and reassembled on the grounds that serves as the visitor center and gift shop. Larry says I don't need or have room for one more thing inside our home so it was probably best I didn't go in anyway, lol!
One final note, the Chapel sees 20,000 to 25,000 visitors a year and hosts over 100 weddings each year along with renewal of vows, baptisms, and memorial services. The chapel, museum and gift shop are open May 1-Sept. 30, from 7:00 am until dusk, seven days a week. So if you get in the area before the end of the month you really should check it out. Well worth the time in our opinion!