The Episcopal Chapel
Broadalbin

  

  Written and contributed (including photo above) 
by Gordon Cornell, Broadalbin Historian.


Of the various village houses of worship, the Episcopal Chapel was the least used and the most difficult on which to obtain data.  Information handed down from generation to generation would cause one to believe it was used only by the more affluent families living on Maple Street.  However, the following article, found in the April 20, 1888 issue of the Broadalbin Herald gives the reader a different point of view.  "Work is rapidly progressing on the new Episcopal Church on Maple Street.  From the present appearances it will be a small but highly attractive place of worship, and doubtless call out a number of our villagers to listen to the really beautiful services of the church.  All are most cordially invited to attend."

The church was frequently referred to as Husted's Chapel, having been built by Col. William Husted, and was located on the west side of the street between Thompson and North Streets.  It adjoined the stone wall on Maple Street near the present home of Jeanne Wilkinson.  In the early 1920's ownership was transferred to Mr. Arthur A. Chalmers.

The Chapel was moved by Mr. Chalmers to the lawn across the street from his mansion in the spring of 1943.  A series of photos, showing it move up Maple Street behind the 1928 and 1932 Linn Tractors owned by the Town of Broadalbin, have preserved this location.

At its new location, the color was changed to white with a most attractive arrangement of shrubs in front and on the sides.  There is little question that it was more noticeable and attractive in its new location.

The Chapel was not used, at least in the past 50 to 75 years, on a regular basis.  It was however, used by both the Husted and Chalmers families for baptisms, weddings and funerals when a minister was brought in to conduct the services.   Some of the ministers who conducted services were the Rev. Dr. Edward T. Carroll and the Rev. William D. Orr of St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Amsterdam.

Some years ago Larry Mills, the grandson of Arthur Chalmers, told of his marriage to Elma Finch which took place in the Chapel when it was still in its original location.  A newspaper article dated November 14, 1940, carries a notice of their marriage.

When Mr. Chalmers died in April of 1966 he left the Chapel to his grandson, the Rev. John Mills.  It was Mr. Chalmers stipulation that when the Reverend no longer had use for the Chapel it was to be razed.

During 1981 it became apparent that the Chapel would soon disappear and become a memory.  An effort was mounted by some local citizens to prevent the destruction but this effort was not successful in light of the fact that it was clearly pointed out in the will just how this matter should be handled.

Fortunately there are many photos around to preserve the memories of this former Broadalbin landmark.

   


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