One of the more interesting sights to see during your Camden Maine vacation is the Vesper Hills Children’s Chapel in Rockport Maine. It stands on top of a rocky ledge, a replica of a pine Swiss Chalet. This non-denominational outdoor chapel gives its visitors an impressive view of Penobscot Bay. The brainchild of Helene Bok, Vesper Hills Children’s Chapel was built on land she purchased in 1960. There is a dedication plaque in the chapel which reads as follows:
This chapel is built to the memory of all young people who have passed through this world and gained God by so doing. It stands for freedom of thought, prayer and action. It stands for holiness within the body, and for God in the heart each waking hour. May the Lord bless all young people who come here for spiritual and mental refreshment. — Helene Bok
The location of the chapel was once a summer estate and residence and subsequently a hotel called the Tamarack Lodge until it burnt down in 1954. The Vesper Hills Children’s Chapel is open to the public and its grounds, outdoor gardens, and outdoor chapel are used for many special occasions such as weddings, ceremonies, and other special events during the spring, summer and fall. Part of the original foundation from the old Tamarack Lodge has been artfully used as part of the scenic landscaping and the surrounding gardens. There is also an herb garden on the grounds and trees like birches, willows, and pines that serve to accentuate the beautiful landscaping. A carpet of green grass covers much of the grounds which makes this a perfect place for a romantic picnic or a casual outing with the family. Although a popular wedding destination, Vesper Hills Children’s Chapel offers the visitor some peace and quiet, away from the buzz of modern living from mid-April through October.