The wonderful photography for Pretty Place is by Charles K. Hardin. Although Charles does not have a photography site at this time, he is planning to launch a page soon. You can read more about this self-taught photographer at the end of this brief description of Pretty Place.
Pretty Place: Cedar Mountain, NC
Incredible, isn’t it?
Located on US 276 in Cedar Mountain,NC Pretty Place holds a very special place with lovers of both North and South Carolina. This open air chapel sits on property that belongs to the UMCA Camp Greenville, a camp that operates year-round. The chapel is actually named the Fred W. Symmes Chapel, as he donated the site, and was constructed in 1941. The camp itself has operated since 1912, and sprawls over 1400 acres. Although open daily for visitors, it is often booked for weddings or other types of services, so it is strongly suggested that you check with the camp office before making a special trip. You can easily reach them at 864.836.3291. They do mention that the chapel is usually reserved most Saturdays and Sundays. The camp itself reserves the use of the chapel for worship on Sunday and Monday mornings.
This year, Rocky Hill Baptist Church will be holding services about 45 minutes before the sun rises on March 31st. Being such a popular Easter event, they suggest arriving an hour early to park, and a shuttle will be available to the chapel.
Sunrise is set for 7:19 AM that morning.
If you would be interested in reserving the chapel for a special occasion, the fees charged go toward helping campers who might otherwise not be able to attend and chapel maintenance. Donations are, of course, also welcome! Please note: restroom facilities are not available from November 1 thru March 24
Cedar Mountain is located in Transylvania County, NC.
a little about Charles:
My Profession is B-Shift Superintendent for Lear Corp. a BMW Supplier. However. In 2005 I purchased a point in shoot digital camera to take on hikes with my son. Soon I wanted a better camera and settled on a Nikon D-60 in 2007. In 2008 when the economy turned bad, I had some extra time on my hands, and my son and I did a lot of hiking. I noticed my photography was not as good as I would prefer. So I started buying books, magazines, and met a few local photographers. Soon things started to get better. Now I shoot with a Nikon D-300S most of the time.