The historic Lawrence Chapel was built as a memorial to the Lawrence family, among the earliest settlers of the area. Jane Lawrence Campbell commissioned the construction, laying the cornerstone in 1880. The photograph to the left was taken in October 1949. The Talitha Botsford sketch is from the March 1973 issue of The Chemung Historical Journal. Learn more about the Chapel and the Lawrence family here.

THE HISTORIC LAWRENCE CHAPEL is a unique setting in which lifetime memories are created. Built in 1880 on a knoll on the shore of Cayuta Lake in Schuyler County, the Lawrence Chapel has been the site for weddings, community events and religious services since its construction. The Schuyler County Historical Society is pleased to offer this historic venue for your memory-making.


Built of local stone and slate, with suggestions of Gothic architecture, the Chapel and the surrounding majestic trees are hemmed in by a low wall. Wooden pews line the interior, and leaded glass windows with small flowerette designs adorn the walls. A marble plaque, consisting of three tablets, hangs at the front of the space, telling some of the Chapel's history.


The Chapel is located on State Route 228, about 3.5 miles northeast of Odessa. The Chapel is available for use from May 1 through Oct. 15. Occupancy is limited to 120. A small parking area allows for level access to the Chapel's door. Event attendees may also park along the roadway. The Chapel has electricity, but very minimal heating and no air conditioning. Many events continue the celebrations at the Fontainebleau Inn, a short walk or drive from the Chapel.


Review the process for applying to use the Lawrence Chapel and the Guidelines and Conditions for Use. The application for dates is here. For further information, contact Schuyler County Historical Society Treasurer Jane Leszyk at janeleszyk@gmail.com.