Mother Nature has been generous to the Eastern US this year, and on our recent road trip north we passed mile after mile of evidence. With the car pointed north and approaching the Mason Dixon Line, the landscape changed to a rolling carpet of corn and a sea of soybeans.
The picture-perfect, deep green crops seemed to go on indefinitely, until we saw a knick in the carpet outside Wytheville, Virginia – another “Smallest Church In America.” We’ve already seen one Smallest Church in Georgia, and when we saw this one, we couldn’t resist stopping.
Wytheville’s Smallest Church is a charmingly simple building, but its biggest asset is the churchyard. The lush grass was meticulously manicured, and the yard was boxed in on three sides by the tallest, greenest, and most luxuriant stalks of corn you’re ever likely to see.
The only break in the riot of greenness was a delightful flower garden holding the corn at bay.
There was brick pathway (with solar lighting of course), leading to a quiet fountain, statuary, and a welcoming swing.
The bright interior was cool and pleasant in a knotty pine kind of way, and everything was ready for the next service. Pocket-size New Testament Bibles were available for free in a wall rack, and there was a welcome greeting to the Geocache crowd as well.
We love this place. It’s a church that shows serious devotion, as well as a sense of humor, and we’d love to meet the nice folks who take care of it. If your path winds through this area, do yourself a favor. Get off the interstate and check it out.