5 years, 8 months.
Right before we crossed over from Mentone to Fort Payne, Alabama, I surprised you by parking the Lexus ES 300h at an old church that is built around a giant rock; which is named Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel.
It was built back in 1937, when Colonel Milford Howard constructed the chapel as a memorial to his wife. And equally interesting is the fact his ashes are inside the rock itself, as his sort of burial place.
Another fascinating thing about “Howard’s Chapel” is that the doors are never locked. That means that travelling passersby from DeSoto State Park can visit it at their convenience. This fact is openly promoted on the sign.
A couple Christmases back, I took you there with Uncle Andrew and Papa. However, you told me you don’t remember that.
So it was like a brand new experience for you this time. I believe I was about your age when I first became aware of this chapel.
It’s such a rare thing- to be able to walk inside an old church with a giant rock inside, which contains the builder’s ashes. Seriously, how many people can say they actually have been there and seen the inside?
I bet most people have never even heard of it, outside of my hometown. It’s just so tucked away.
You were obviously fascinated. I’m sure it seemed like a bizarre dream to you. But it was all real… I was there too with you.
And to think, I just grew up a few miles from there.
The next stop on our father and son trip: The Azalea Trail at DeSoto State Park. But first, on the way there, I decided it would be cool to show you that little brick house I grew up in… coming up next.
Here’s the collection of stories from our father and son road trip…