The tiny Wayside Chapel near Sultan, Washington

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Located just west of Sultan, Washington, along U.S. Route 2 sits Wayside Chapel, a small roadside church with just enough room for a preacher and eight worshippers, at least in theory. The tiny church, measuring 8 x 14 feet, just barely fits a pulpit, four two-person pews and two vases of flowers. Blink as you’re driving the highway and you may just miss unique roadside attraction, located between Monroe and Sultan (and technically part of Monroe). Watch out for the white sign along the road inviting travelers to “Pause…Rest…Worship”.

Exterior of Wayside Chapel, west of Sultan, Washington

Exterior of Wayside Chapel, west of Sultan, Washington

Wayside Chapel U.S. Route 2 sign

U.S. Route 2 sign

The History of Wayside Chapel

Dedicated on Oct. 12, 1962 Wayside Chapel was intended as a temporary structure meant to welcome visitors to the 1962 World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) in Seattle. The church was initially built on land donated by Hilkeline Beekman, a member of Monroe’s New Hope Fellowship Church, on the site of a former dairy farm. The church was first managed by a partnership between New Hope Fellowship Church and the Christian Reformed Church of Everett, but today all maintenance and improvements to the church result from volunteer work and donations. Weather takes a toll on the tiny structure, as do occasional acts of vandalism, but the church is regularly repaired and maintained.

Wayside Chapel pulpit

Pulpit in the tiny church

Wayside Chapel pew

One of four two-person pews

The church is non-denominational and open to everyone, year-round, 24 hours a day. “The door is always open; the light is always on.” Important to note is that there are no facilities (restroom or otherwise) at the location. For more reading, see the following:


How To Get There:

Follow U.S. Route 2 (U.S. Highway 2; US 2) east of Monroe, 1 mile west of Sultan. See the map from Roadside America, along with a screenshot below.

Map to Wayside Chapel along US 2

Map to Wayside Chapel along U.S. Route 2

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “The tiny Wayside Chapel near Sultan, Washington

  1. Pretty cool, my family and I have always wanted to stop there and check it out, maybe we will now that the weather has lightened up a bit 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment! Yes, this time of year is fine, but I stay away during the winter months. I think it’s very cool/interesting to see how the World’s Fair impacted this area so much.

  2. hello my name is leila coons and I am trying to figure out what I would need to do to get married at the wayside chapel sometime next spring. Any help would be appreciated

    • Hello! Anyone can get married at Wayside Chapel at any time, free of charge. The church is open to the public. You would just need to provide your own priest or wedding official and guests. Note, the church only seats 8 people total, plus room for the wedding couple and priest.

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