Monday, January 3, 2011


Across the river from Fort Reno , North, is the location of the Indian Agency of Darlington. Standing on these once Cheyenne and Arapaho grounds is a Chapel built by the Order of The Eastern Star ladies in 1913. Constructed for the Spiritual needs of an orphanage and later serving other functions it lay dormant and almost became a total ruin. Thankfully, Redlands Community College located in El Reno, Oklahoma now has control of the property.
As this property also has several acres included, grapes have been planted and a course in Wine Making has been introduced. A Winery is located on the immediate grounds adjacent to the Chapel. In the middle of being restored to function as a convention and educational center for the fledgeling, but Robust, wine industry in our Great State.

Located in my Home county of Canadian, how proud I am that this familiar site is being saved. Who would have thought that " Vitaculture" would be the purpose behind these " NEW DOORS "
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  1. Nice job Mr. History!! I really like the first photo.

    Wine and a church, they go hand in hand don't they? LOL

  2. What a beautifuly restored Chapel, absolutely classic archeticure. Your brief history of the place is nicely done as are your photographs as usual.

  3. Good find, and very good pictures.


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