Monday, May 23, 2011

Bruce Chapel

Bruce Chapel is a small, historic church located near the Apple Grove/Gallipolis Ferry area, in rural Mason County.  The church was built around 1842, and the small adjoining cemetery contains graves dating back to the early 1800s.  The Moore Family of the Mai Moore Mansion fame are buried in the cemetery, which is now located on private property.

The chapel itself was the first Episcopalian Church in the area, and was built on land donated by Mr. and Mrs. George Moore.  Funding came from a variety of sources, including the Diocese of Virginia, but more importantly, from the Bruce Fund, a fund set up by a Miss Bruce from Halifax, Va.  Miss Bruce had family in the area, and was instrumental in the church's completion, thus, it was named Bruce Chapel in her honor.

The chapel was consecrated in 1843 by Bishop Johns, and was used by other area faiths until they could build their own places of worship.  By 1879, Bruce Chapel boasted the area's first Sunday School, and by 1938, the back addition was added for use by church and community alike.

This site has been featured on many haunted places listings due to the reports of light anomalies, strange noises, and other paranormal occurrences.  HPIR investigated this location with some interesting results!  Follow the link below to our investigation page and tell us what YOU think is being said in the EVPs!

HPIR Investigation

UPDATE: This entry has been updated as of February 2012.  A second investigation of the property has once again yielded some interesting results!  Please see the link below for more information!

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