The historic chapel at Shiloh Farm, called “St. Peter’s Primitive Baptist Church,” was constructed in the early 1800s. It was situated on the southeast side of what is now Benjamin Chaires Road, which was then just a rutted dirt road in the countryside near Tallahassee, Florida.
In the late 1950s, Chandler Cowles, a playwright in New York City, moved the old church from across the road to its present location. He built stables and a barn, attaching them to the old wooden chapel. He chose the name “High Halden” for this beautiful equestrian facility, which included his personal French style cottage and the surrounding fields and woods, where horse paths and jumps were found in abundance. Mr. Cowles sold the property to a senator who eventually moved away and High Halden slowly declined into a state of disrepair. After almost 20 years of neglect, it would become merely a shadow of the once grand property it was in the 1950s and 60s.
In 1998 Wilton and Susanne Miller purchased 65 acres, which was by then just a remnant of the original estate. Clearing of the overgrown grounds began at once, along with the restoration of the almost 200-year-old chapel. Other challenges to be met were the restoration and repair of the barn, stables, quaint old cottage (now called the Rose Cottage), and the bunkhouse, which now can accommodate overnight guests. The Millers continued to refurbish and beautify this special property, and renamed it “Shiloh Farm”, signifying a place of hope and promise, just as Hannah found when she prayed for a miracle near the biblical temple at Shiloh, and was granted that miracle with the birth of her son.
In 2004, the chapel opened its doors to a loving, nondenominational congregation. Dr. Kris Stowers, an orthopedic doctor in Tallahassee and team doctor for Florida State University, voluntarily served as a full-time ordained pastor to what was called The Church at Shiloh Farm. In 2012, the church outgrew Shiloh Chapel, but continues its ministry as CrossWay Church in their new location at 1698 Village Square Blvd. in Tallahassee.
Today, the barn, chapel, cottage, cabin, and grounds have all been renovated and are available to rent for weddings and events. Contact OUR TEAM to schedule a tour and book your event. We can host your ideal shower, the wedding of your dreams, musical concerts, large fundraisers and festivals of all kinds. Open fields accommodate ample parking, large tents and even hot air balloon rides!
THE MAGICAL FEELING OF SHILOH CANNOT ADEQUATELY BE CAPTURED EVEN IN THE MANY BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS ON THIS WEBSITE. AS MANY GUESTS HAVE COMMENTED, SHILOH MERELY CANNOT BE SEEN. . . IT MUST BE FELT WHEN YOU ARE THERE.