View of remaining chapel wall through the doorway.
Front of Chapel
View of the ruins
(photographer Kathy Scott)
Others joined them for worship services led by local ministers,
helped in clearing the grounds, and shared their interest in continuing to work
on behalf of the Trust to preserve and protect the chapel ruins for use by the
In order to more effectively pursue their mission, the group
decided to incorporate and became The Friends of Nesbitt/Union Chapel, Inc. in
March of 2002.
Working with other Cobb County historic preservation organizations,
with input from local architects and engineers, and guided by an advisory board
that includes descendents of the original chapel leaders along with historic
preservation professionals, much was accomplished in the first year.
In 2004 a portion of the remaining structure was destroyed
and the Cobb County Court became involved in resolving an ownership dispute
over the property.
In May 2010 the court declared that the Cobb County
Commissioners would be appointed trustees for the property. By law in
Georgia, a Trust does not fail for lack of trustees, so although the property
had been without oversight for many years, the Trust stands.
The Friends of Nesbitt /Union Chapel were invited to
participate in decision making about the future of the site.
Accomplishments of the first
- front wall was stabilized.
- trees threatening the ruins were removed
- work days were held
- worship services were scheduled
- the old chapel bell was located and preserved
- an original pew was borrowed and put on display at the
Marietta Museum of History
In 2022, Cobb County erected ghost framing to
represent the original chapel building and replaced the original bell in the
newly constructed bell tower.