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.
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.
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.