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Travelers Chapel — Conway, South Carolina

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Travelers Chapel

This chapel in Conway measures 12-by-24 feet and seats twelve people. Called the Travelers Chapel for its location along United States Highway 501 near popular Myrtle Beach, the tiny building was added to the Grand Strand landscape in 1972.

Travelers' Chapel

Brian Nolan of Marion © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

According to deacon Tommy Jones, hundreds of wedding ceremonies have taken place in this quaint chapel over the past four decades, though many people also enjoy stopping here along their travels for prayer or meditation. The door remains unlocked, and visitors are invited to write in a guest book at the altar. The interior of the building includes a narrow aisle flanked by two rows of three pews each, each pew seating two people.

The artist Tim Matthews of Conway shares this beautiful rendition of the Travelers Chapel that he painted after discovering the church shortly after he moved to the area.

Traveler's Chapel

Tim Matthews of Aynor, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Ceremonies here are free, but donations for the upkeep of the chapel are welcomed. The chapel has survived a felled tree during a storm, a fire, and vandalism over its lifetime. The Travelers Chapel is one of the smallest churches in America.

Travelers Chapel Info

Address: 1785 United States Highway 501 East, Conway, SC 29526
GPS Coordinates: 33.802599,-79.006884

Travelers Chapel Map

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15 Comments about Travelers Chapel

Carla Wessells says:
March 19th, 2018 at 6:51 am

The owner/caretaker of the Travelers Chapel is Mr. Mike Strite. His phone number is: 717-201-4382. Donations for the upkeep of Travelers Chapel can be mailed to: The Travelers Chapel, Inc., 167 Wind Meadows Drive, Conway, SC 29526. Please do not send donations to wedding officiants mentioned in the comments below.

SCIWAY says:
March 16th, 2018 at 11:15 pm

It appears that the chapel was built through community donations. This is found on the official website: “One of the smallest churches in the United States, The Traveler’s Chapel was constructed in 1972. Funded by community donations it has been a welcoming inspiration to those traveling US Hwy 501 between Conway and Myrtle Beach, SC.” For more information, there is a contact number. Eric Hunt – Myrtle Beach Wedding Officiant, 843-712-0762. Hope this helps!

Ed Applewhite says:
March 16th, 2018 at 11:03 am

Does anyone know who had this built?

Carla Wessells says:
March 13th, 2018 at 3:53 pm

I have had the honor of officiating the loveliest ceremonies here! I encourage donations from couples and there are donation envelopes in the Chapel.

SCIWAY says:
March 14th, 2018 at 1:18 am

Hello Dave, first off, congratulations on your future wedding, we wish you and partner a lifetime of happiness! We are not affiliated with the chapel, so you would have to reach out to them directly, their contact information is found on the link at the bottom of this page or you can call them at (717) 201-4382. Thank you!

Dave Meredith says:
March 13th, 2018 at 8:27 am

I would like some information on having my wedding at Travelers Chapel. Where would I make a donation at? Do I need to plan this with you before planning the date or how does it work?

Benjie says:
August 8th, 2017 at 9:11 pm

My wife Rhonda and I got married here in March 2001. Nice little chapel and the preacher that met us and performed the ceremony was awesome.

Jessica clark says:
March 3rd, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Alana, did you find out any information? I can’t find anyone to call about getting married here this weekend?

SCIWAY says:
January 16th, 2017 at 6:07 pm

The website above the map should guide you on using the chapel. Best of luck!

Alana chapman says:
January 16th, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Hello I was wondering if me and my fiance could get married here in march….please let me know what I have to do…

SCIWAY says:
December 6th, 2016 at 8:06 am

Hi, Timothy. Use the link above the map to help with information about a wedding. Best of luck!

Timothy says:
December 5th, 2016 at 8:05 pm

Want to find out about this little church for a wedding.

Brick Montgomery says:
April 17th, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Beautiful, serene chapel.

SCIWAY says:
May 28th, 2015 at 9:19 am

Hi, Lorie, and congratulations! Here is the link to the Conway Chamber of Commerce that includes a phone number for the chapel. We are not connected with the chapel or the city, but hopefully someone at the Chamber of Commerce can help you. In fact, your question has prompted me to include this information on our page! Best of luck!

Lorie says:
May 27th, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Please contact me. We would love to be married in your church and gladly give donations. Do you guys marry or would we need our own preacher?


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