Historic Nashville Church for Weddings: Owen Chapel Church of Christ

Here’s an out-take from a brochure I picked up at the Owen Chapel church at a recent wedding:

Owen Chapel Church of Christ was organized in 1859and first met in this building in 1867. It stands on land donated by church member James C. Owen. Local craftsman designed the building in the architectural style typical of the 19th century churches. This style featured two front doors, triple-hung windows and walls three bricks thick.

The window glass, pews, communion table and set are original; the floors and roof were replaced in the late 20th century. Owen Chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Owen Chapel celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2009.

Owen Chapel is conveniently located just off I-65 near the intersection of Concord Road and Franklin Road in Brentwood. The specific address is 1011 Franklin Road Brentwood, Tennessee 37027.

Owen Chapel Church

Despite the rapid growth of this area, the chapel is still situated in a beautiful setting with much farm land across the street.

Though I’m not sure of the exact seating capacity of the church, I would say that 100 guests or more would fit alright.

There is no place at the church for the wedding reception, but due to its location, there are many reception locations choices within a few minutes drive either north toward Brentwood or south toward Cool Spring and Franklin.

One couple who recently wed there, had their reception at the Traveller’s Rest a few minutes straight up Franklin Road and had Corky’s Barbecue in Brentwood to cater.

Now here’s the really nice thing. It’s very inexpensive to rent the chapel. I don’t want to give the cost here, as it may change. You can call for information at: 615-376-3500.

The person you will deal with is the one who we affectionately call Ms Margaret. Very nice lady, and very accommodating.

In case you are interested, here’s more from the church brochure:

Owen Chapel Brentwood TN

A pulpit view shows the two front doors and the partition that runs down the middle of the pews. It was customary for the women and children to enter through in the right door and sit on the right side. The men came in and were seated on the left.

This custom was called into question in 1945. Earl Alexander had just returned from World War II and ‘no custom’ was going to stop his wife, Louise, from sitting next to her husband. As you can imagine, this created quite a stir, but it did make people wonder, ‘Why do we sit apart?’ Since then, it became a matter of choice, not custom, as to where one sits for worship.

The congregation distinguishes itself spiritually as well. It is written in the old-leathered bound record book…that the church failed to meet only three times since 1859!

Services were called off twice during the ‘War Between the States’ because ‘the Yankees were foraging,’ and once again because of a “near cloudburst.’ The book contains hundreds of entries describing the service ‘…and the singing and prayer, the Bible was read and then we observed the Lord’s Supper.’

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