The Kelleys Island Historical Association
is pleased to offer, for rent, our historic
Old Stone Church for special events,
such as weddings, funerals, and meetings.
Please note that our Members receive a $50
discount on each rental.
This is a one of a kind, intimate,
and unique location.
Imagine being married in this lovely church!
This historic church, built in 1866, has deep set windows, an altar area, and original wooden pews. There is even a (non-working) pot belly stove inside the building. It's called the Frost Killer! A recent concert revealed that the acoustics are phenomenal; resonating every clear, pure tone.
Please note that the building is not handicapped accessible, nor does it have many of the amenities that you would expect. There is no running water. Bathrooms are located in the Museum next door, which may not be open during your activity, but there are public restrooms next to Kelley's Hall downtown, a short drive or a 10-minute walk away.
Congratulations to Sue and Tom Lange who were married in the church in June 2016. The church holds special memories for Tom since his grandparents were also married here. The theme was Midsummer's Night and the little girls in purple and blue? They have wings because they are fairies!
The church is fully air conditioned, heated and lighted. The interior of the church has pews that seat about 75 people and a small number of chairs. The pews and large pot-belly stove cannot be moved. There are shades on the windows to darken the interior. While candles are beautiful, we cannot allow them inside the church due to fire regulations.
Matt & Mandy, August 2019
The rental fee covers the use of the Old Stone Church. This rental does not include the use of the adjoining grounds but does allow the use of the front yard for gathering. Since there is no food allowed inside the church, a tent and a small number of tables may be set up in the front yard for casual gatherings before or after the event.
Parking is limited, please take this into consideration in your plans. There is no parking on the grass. We suggest you arrange for a taxi, tram or car-pool to transport guests to the church. The Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce can assist you with these arrangements. Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, there are caterers and florists on the island and plenty of places to stay. You can check HERE for a list of businesses that support the island's Historical Association.
Why not hold your special event in one of the most special places on the Island?
There are a few more details, included in the Rental Agreement which you can download and review.
THE NEW FLOOR 2018
Our thanks to Moyer Construction and the Mylander Foundation for helping us replace a section of floor in the church. Once we got into the project, we discovered that powderpost beetles had turned much of the wood into powder! In addition, we discovered that the diaz/altar was actually a later addition to the building. We agreed to restore it back to the flat floor it was originally. Here are some of the photos from that project.
Our Island has always been a popular place to celebrate a wedding as these vintage photos demonstrate.