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Tiny Church - Our Lady of the Pines - OU040D

 Smallest Church in 48 States

Hidden by  cycleangela

N 39° 15.144' W 79° 29.924' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > West Virginia
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 18 March 2012
 Date Created: 18 March 2012
 Last Modified: 19 March 2012
 Waypoint: OU040D


{{found}} 4 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 0 Comments
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3 x Rated
Rated as: Excellent
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Quick Cache Kid Friendly Available in Winter Historic Site Listed on OCNA Only 

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Description   EN   

"Our Lady Of The Pines" is a small, well-kept Roman Catholic church in rural West Virginia. It has been promoted on old vellum postcards as the "Smallest Church in 48 States." Even today, a sign makes this odd claim to fame (Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states in 1959). A long-neglected update, or some civic pride sleight-of-hand? Perhaps the two missing states are whichever of the 50 contain the reigning 1st and 2nd smallest churches.

The church contains seating for 12, and the exterior measures 24 ft. x 12 ft. That makes it less dainty, if no less divine, than a number of tinier churches.

A bonus at this spot is right behind the Church. Situated on the property is also “The World’s Smallest Mailing Office.”  Please visit this while you’re here.

T o claim this cache, you will need a password. Find the “In Memory” statue.  The password is Peter and Elizabeth’s last name, in all capital letters. While optional, you may also take pictures of you and or your GPS at the Church.


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Log Entries    {{found}} 4x {{not_found}} 0x {{comment}} 0x      New Log Entry

1 13 November 2016 dukemartin Found it

Stopped by to vist before walking the trail to the High point in Maryland.  Trail Head is nearby on RT 219.  Also known as Hoye Crest.

1 06 April 2013 Kitakima Found it

I found this cache while on a trip to hike Hoye Crest, which is nearby.  I found this little chapel to be a facinating place to visit.  Thanks for sharing this location.

1 24 February 2013 TommyGator Found it

We had visited this place several years ago and had wanted to revisit for some time.  We were in the area this weekend, had some time on our hands, so made the trip for another pleasant visit.  Grabbed the nearby geocache, then spent a little time making use of the building for its intended purpose.  Enjoyed looking at the mail facility too.  From the size of the inside door, the folks who work here must be really thin.  Thanks for bringing us here again!

1 07 April 2012 DudleyGrunt Found it

3205 / 83.  (Solo) FTF, I believe!

I was out to grab the 2 western Cache Across Maryland hides and figured I would attemp the CO's 2 new OCNA and her 1 new TerraCache, along with a GPSgames cache that had not been found since 2007 and one Navicache (x-listed on GC).  That would give me 5 sites in one day, tie my record.

I've been to this chapel once before, with CodyHollowFarm, during CAM a couple years ago.  Thanks for bringing be back.  I availed myself of the "services" offered and spent a few minutes inside.

I also took a look at the "mail office".  I see that have outgoing mail daily, but "window service every Friday the 13th" and "parcel pickup Feb. 29".  Guess this is a busy time for them.

Thanks and Happy Trails!

Pictures Connected with this Log Entry:
Smallest in (the lower?) 48
Smallest in (the lower?) 48