Posted on June 06, 2013
The Historic Pine Grove Methodist ChurchEssay length: 502 words.
Reading time: ~ 3 minutes.
Nestled in the fruit trees of the Hood River Valley, is a quaint little historic church known as the Pine Grove Methodist Church. If you are jetting your way south to Mt. Hood, or looking for the Fruit Loop, or traveling to any number of local sights, you are likely to miss this gem. However, this precious piece of Pine Grove history is very easy to find. The church is about 10 minutes south on Highway 35 from Hood River...just take a left onto Van Horn which runs into Eastside Rd.
If you want the scenic route, you can take a left on Eastside Rd. just outside Hood River, and follow along until you find the church on the left, tucked into the fruit trees.It all started in 1879 with three men and their families organizing a Sunday School. The original school house was made of logs and built on land given by one of the three founders. This was a temporary structure, and one of the other founders donated land for the present school grounds. The one room school house was erected in a grove of pine trees, thus the name --Pine Grove. This is just a brief description outlining the beginning of a history where folks came together to build a church, as well as a community.
The Historic Pine Grove Methodist Church as it is now, was established in 1907, but it is clear that the idea and community had its start some 30 years earlier.Currently the congregation of the Pine Grove Church is combined with the congregation of Odell. This community remains active, and as you can see from the pictures, they have maintained the beauty and integrity of the structure itself. Enter Dollie Rasmussen and her sister, Francie... Dollie is one of the few active members of the congregation, and also the contact for weddings at the Pine Grove Church. Her sister, Francie, works tirelessly to promote the church as a wedding venue through the website, as well as the Facebook and Pinterest pages.
Their goal is to provide a historic and beautiful setting for weddings, while bringing in some income to support the maintenance and upkeep of the church itself. They are not out to change the world, become a wedding industry giant, or even make a lot of money. In one of the most beautiful places to get married in the world, they are merely trying to keep the doors of the Pine Grove Methodist Church open. So, if you are considering a small wedding in the Hood River Valley, consider this: have your wedding at the Historic Pine Grove Methodist Church.
While you are enjoying an idyllic setting for your wedding, nestled in the fruit trees of the valley, you will at the same time be supporting the preservation of a cherished historic building. One that represents architectural history in the area, and, more importantly, a place where three families came together long ago to build a community out of a dream.
The Historic Pine Grove Methodist Church