Cathedral of the Pines: A Spiritual Sanctuary in Rindge, New Hampshire

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    Peace Amid the Pines

    Cathedral of the Pines - A Natural Sanctuary in Rindge New Hampshire
    Cathedral of the Pines: A Natural Sanctuary in Rindge, New Hampshire Cathedral of the Pines is a spiritual spot on a secluded, wooded hilltop in Rindge, New Hampshire. All services are open to the public, and this cathedral under the sky is also a popular wedding site. Visit anytime to simply reflect and enjoy the scenery. © 2003 Kim Knox Beckius

    If you are seeking serenity or are in search of an interdenominational place of worship or reflection, the Cathedral of the Pines is an outdoor venue for peace and soul-searching. The Cathedral of the Pines is located on a secluded hilltop in Rindge, New Hampshire amidst spindly, fragrant pines with the glorious Grand Monadnock Mountain as its backdrop.

    Open free to the public daily from May through October, the Cathedral of the Pines was created to honor the life of World War II pilot, Sandy Sloane, who didn't return alive to his parents following the war. This open-air chapel in bucolic New Hampshire now welcomes visitors of all faiths and beliefs.

    The Cathedral of the Pines has become a national memorial to patriotic service, particularly women's wartime sacrifices.

     

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  • 02 of 07

    A Chapel in the Woods

    A Chapel in the Woods and a Tribute to a Lost Son - Cathedral of the Pines
    Cathedral of the Pines: A Natural Sanctuary in Rindge, New Hampshire In 1946, the Sloane family created this open air chapel on the grounds of their New Hampshire farm to honor their son, a B-17 bomber pilot whose plane was shot down over Germany during World War II. Today, Cathedral of the Pines honors all war victims. © 2003 Kim Knox Beckius

    This ecumenical sanctuary is a place to reflect, give thanks for nature's beauty, honor those who have served America and worship in whatever way suits you. There are a number of worship areas including the outdoor Cathedral, the Mother's Chapel, the St. Francis Chapel and the Hilltop House.

    A visit to this open-air spiritual retreat can stimulate your senses and stir your soul. Whether you attend a service or simply stroll the grounds, you can leave with a sense of gratitude for nature's wonders.

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  • 03 of 07

    Altar of the Nation

    Altar of the Nation at Cathedral of the Pines - Photo
    Cathedral of the Pines: A Natural Sanctuary in Rindge, New Hampshire Grand Monadnock Mountain looms behind the Altar of the Nation at Cathedral of the Pines. This unique and beautiful altar, designated a national memorial by Congress, is composed of stones from every state and territory of the United States. © 2003 Kim Knox Beckius

    The outdoor Cathedral has several special features that have great significance like the altar, pulpit, lectern, and baptismal font. 

    The Altar of the Nation, at the front of the outdoor cathedral where the rock pews face, was dedicated in 1946 as a memorial to the World War II dead of New Hampshire and a shrine to the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. In 1947, it was rededicated as a memorial to all war dead. The altar was hewn from rocks dedicated from the Sons of the American Revolution from every state in the U.S. and U.S. Presidents since Harry S. Truman.

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    Women's Memorial Bell Tower

    Women's Memorial Bell Tower - Cathedral of the Pines Pictures
    Cathedral of the Pines: A Natural Sanctuary in Rindge, New Hampshire The Women's Memorial Bell Tower at Cathedral of the Pines, a 55-foot stone shrine, was dedicated in 1967. It is the nation's only memorial that specifically honors the patriotism and sacrifices of women who have endured war's hardships, grief and loss. © 2003 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Women's Memorial Bell Tower is a 55-foot stone bell tower dedicated to American women, both civilian and military. It was dedicated in 1966 and was the first memorial to recognize the patriotic American women who had served the nation. Norman Rockwell and his son, Peter, designed the plaques featured on the tower to commemorate the hallowed role of women.

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    Bell Tower Bronze Plaques

    Cathedral of the Pines in New Hampshire - Norman Rockwell and the Women's Memorial Bell Tower
    Cathedral of the Pines: A Natural Sanctuary in Rindge, New Hampshire Above each of the bell tower's four archways, visitors can view bronze plaques designed by Norman Rockwell and sculpted by his son, Peter. The bas relief sculpture in this picture honors the women of the armed forces. © 2003 Kim Knox Beckius

    There are four bronze plaques, located on the Women's Memorial Bell Tower, one each side, that each represents a different contribution that American women have made to the nation. One side features the "Women of the Combat Forces," including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Corps, and Coast Guard.

    Another plaque features the specific roles women took on during wartime: the nuns serving the wounded on the battlefield, the women working in the canteens, the entertainers who worked to boost morale, war correspondents who reported the news and women who worked in the factories, shops and shipyards so the men could go out and fight.

    The remaining plaques feature famous nurse, Clara Barton, and the "pioneering woman."

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    Mother's Chapel

    Mother's Chapel at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge New Hampshire - Photo
    Cathedral of the Pines: A Natural Sanctuary in Rindge, New Hampshire Mother's Chapel is a smaller outdoor sanctuary and garden on the grounds of Cathedral of the Pines. It is a place for quiet reflection and meditation. Baptisms and small weddings may be held here, as well as at the main cathedral. © 2003 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Mothers' Chapel was built in 1961. The chapel and Garden of Remembrance above it are a tribute to all mothers. It was dedicated to Peg Brummer, the sister of Sandy Sloane, and is maintained by the Rindge Woman’s Club. The chapel can provide accommodations for small groups to hold services and for private meditation. 

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    Cathedral House

    Picture of View from Cathedral of the Pines in New Hampshire
    Cathedral of the Pines: A Natural Sanctuary in Rindge, New Hampshire The view from the Women's Memorial Bell Tower is bucolic and peaceful. Cathedral of the Pines is an inspiring place where you'll marvel at the views as you inhale the sweet scent of pine and give thanks for the wonders of creation, whatever your beliefs. © 2003 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Cathedral House was purchased by the parents of Sandy Sloane, Douglas and Sibyl Sloane of Newtonville, Massachusetts, in 1937 as a summer vacation home. The Sloanes founded the Cathedral of the Pines in 1945 as a memorial to those men and women, including their son Sandy, who had sacrificed their lives in World War II. They envisioned that their cathedral without walls would welcome people of every faith in a spirit of unity and mutual respect. It was their hope that interfaith understanding would help bring world peace.