The Chapel in the Orchard

Interior, Old Towne Grove Chapel

Old Towne Grove ChapelJune remains the most popular month for weddings.  My father’s little Old Towne Grove Chapel in the orchard next to our garden is averaging 2 or 3 weddings a day on June Saturdays.  Kay responded to a past blog on the chapel and asked for a picture…two are included. 

This charming little chapel holds only about 20 people.  But most couples choose to exchange their vows in the gazebo next to the giant fir tree while their guests congregate under the trees. 

Come visit our farmstead in Groveland, Illinois–you can’t miss it on Springfield Road in the center of the village.  I recommend it as a road trip to refuel your spiritual reserves as well as a choice for romantic nuptials!



About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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10 Responses to The Chapel in the Orchard

  1. Yolanda says:

    Hi there!! The Old Towne Grove Chapel looks beautiful & PERFECT for what I am looking for! My fiance’s Uncle was married there. We are recetly engaged and looking for an intimate, affordable, no fuss wedding. How do I get more information? I do not see a website for the chapel. Please help! Thanks!! Yolanda Shuster

    • Sharon L. Clemens says:


      My father, Erwin Towne, owns and operates the two chapels–Old Towne Grove and Garden Grove–both of which are adjacent to our home. My father lives in the farm house and we live in the barn on the chapel farmstead, which is why the Old Towne Grove Chapel appears in our pictures and blog.

      Contact Erwin Towne at 309.387.6375 for information on available dates and prices for the chapels. The smaller chapel holds only about 20 but rental includes the garden and large gazebo where most couples are married in the warmer months. Garden Grove Chapel holds 90 and is carpeted. The bride’s dressing room and restrooms for both chapels are also in the Garden Grove Chapel building. Both chapels are available year round and are heated and air conditioned.

      Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

  2. Yolanda says:

    Thanks SOOOO Much!! We are driving down this weekend to check it out! Yolanda

  3. Precious….I will call Erwin Towne !

  4. Sonya Ash (soon to be "Gibson") says:

    I am planning my 9-9-11 wedding at this chapel! The chapel is so cute. My fiance and I are so excited! We absolutely love working with Erwin as well as the small intimate feel of the chapel. We are looking forward to sharing our special day at the chapel in a few weeks! God bless and take care! 🙂

  5. melissa says:

    I am thinking about having my wedding here. What is the max amount of people it can hold?

    • Sharon L. Clemens says:


      Go to the OLD TOWNE GROVE WEDDING CHAPEL Facebook page for more on the wedding chapel. It is operated by my father, Erwin Towne. Call him for details at 309-387-6375. There are two chapels, one with inside seating of up to 80-90. The small chapel only holds about 12 but most have their wedding outside under the trees with the bride and groom posed at the gazebo. About 8 can also sit inside the gazebo. Congratulations on your wedding!

  6. Brandy says:

    What is the link for the facebook page? I would love more details!!


  7. The Old Towne Grove Chapel is simply wonderful. Looking forward to meeting Erwin this week! Can’t wait to check it out.

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