Wednesday May 8, 2013
A fully renovated historic Moremen Family Chapel was dedicated today on the grounds of Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, where the chapel was relocated to. The dedication celebration included Southwest Louisville business leaders and citizens, Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Council members and Metro Parks’ officials.
The $928,000 chapel restoration and renovation project included construction of an outdoor courtyard, meeting rooms, public facilities, sidewalks and landscaping. The new facilities will provide a unique venue for weddings, meetings, historic interpretation, and other community and special events at Riverside, a historic property managed by Metro Parks in partnership with the nonprofit Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, Inc.
“This restored facility is a wonderful addition to southwest Louisville and the entire community,” Fischer said. “This chapel has been re-born, and will have new life as a place to meet, to celebrate, to take new vows, a place for coming together and starting a new life.”
The restored chapel and facilities are supported by a complementary state-funded project which included construction of a half-mile-long access road, connecting the chapel to the Farnsley-Moremen house, Visitors Center and Pavilion, located on the south side of the property. That project also added additional parking, sidewalks, landscaping, irrigation, and other infrastructure, as well as construction of a new shared-use path and trail head at Riverside connecting to the Louisville Loop.
“The enthusiasm and generous support of this community and its leaders, made this project possible,” said Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz. “We’re delighted that visitors to Riverside have this new opportunity to use, learn, explore and enjoy this historic property.”
Built in 1888, the chapel was located originally at Dixie Highway and Bethany Lane, serving as the first home to the Bethany United Methodist congregation. In 2003, having outgrown the chapel and ready to move to another site, the Bethany congregation offered the chapel to Riverside because of the important historical and familial connection to the Riverside property.
Relocation of the chapel to the Riverside took place in 2006, with support from a $125,000 Metro Government challenge grant, matched by hundreds of private donations from individuals and businesses in the community through a campaign spearheaded by the Riverside nonprofit group. Additional funds raised through the nonprofit will add finishing touches to the project.
About Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing:
Standing atop a gentle rise overlooking the Ohio, the Farnsley-Moremen House (built circa 1837) is the centerpiece of a 300-acre historic site in Louisville called Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing. Riverside exists to promote, preserve, restore and interpret historic farm life on the Ohio River. Visitors can tour the historic house and grounds. A modern visitors' center houses an auditorium, museum exhibits, and a museum store.