2017-09-01 / Amenities

Take a tour of Port Aransas history, Chapel on the Dunes


John Cobb, the Austin artist who painted the frescoes, visited the chapel during Old Town Festival in 2016. John Cobb, the Austin artist who painted the frescoes, visited the chapel during Old Town Festival in 2016. An opportunity to see and touch Port Aransas history is yours when touring the historic one-room Chapel on the Dunes.

One of the Eight Wonders of Port Aransas, the chapel sits on the sand dunes 26 feet above sea level.

The structure is the oldest consecrated church on Mustang Island.

It was built in the 1930s by the family of Aline Carter, then poet-laureate of Texas.

Permission was granted to the Port Aransas Museum to conduct tours of the chapel on the first and third Saturday of the month by Frank Carter and Aubrey and the late David Carter. Frank and David are the sons of Aline Carter. David Carter died in 2013.

The popular tours are limited to 10 people each, and reservations are required.

Visit the museum or call 749-3800 at least one day in advance to make your reservation. Leave a name and telephone number to get on the tour list.

The tour directors ask that guests arrive at the museum by 9:15 a.m. to take the tour.

Tours also are offered during the annual Old Town Festival, set for Saturday, Oct. 21.

On the tour, chapel docents will share information about the chapel history.

Visitors also will see frescoes that cover the interior walls and ceiling of the chapel. Austin artist John Patrick Cobb painted the frescoes, depicting the history of Christianity.

A video of the chapel history and an interview with Cobb is available for viewing at the museum.

Visit the chapel website www.chapelonthedunes.com for more information.

The Port Aransas Museum, 101 E. Brundrett St., is open Thursday through Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m.

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