Chapel Ridge Heights Shrine of St Anthony Green Bay of PADUA is located on the UWGB 290 acre Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. It is open to the public. The video shows how to locate the chapel and a tour of the inside and outside of the chapel.
Hidden Historic Gem With A Story
Hidden in the 290 acre Cofrin Memorial Arboretum is a quaint little chapel with a large story.
Odile Le Mieux inherited some money and she thought the best way to use the money was to build a chapel in the woods behind their home. In 1925 Odile’s husband Joe and her brother Fabian La Plant used practices from Joe’s lighthouse building experience and limestone gathered from the ridge on the Bay Settlement property to construct the chapel.
The history of this 1925 chapel will now be typed and displayed in the chapel. I had a chance to be the first one to read it before it was displayed and also meet a member of the family on one of the days that I visited.
The family was busy cleaning the chapel and fixing up a few mishaps that needed to be attended to. It is wonderful to see the pride the family takes in this historic gem and I was happy to both read about the chapel and ask some questions of the family.
Chapels are not uncommon in Northeast Wisconsin. If you would like to know a little bit of history about why additional roadside chapels were built, read my post Belgian Brick by Brick this will give you a better understanding about the Belgian heritage in the Brussels, Wisconsin and surrounding areas.
Want To Visit?
The chapel is open free to the public each and every day. If you access it on the UWGB campus, please be respectful. The family takes pride in the historical value of their families.
PDF Map to the parking area on Bay Settlement. Locate the overlook tower on the far right of the map on Bay Settlement Road. The tower is no longer there, but the U-shaped parking area is. The parking area is diagonal from the BP gas station on Bay Settlement Road.
Use the map to also explore all the free trails on the arboretum. The trail pass through woods, the Niagara Escarpment, a prairie, and ponds.
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