The historic Hopewell Church sits just a half-mile north of the shores of Waconda Lake, and within the bounds of Glen Elder State Park. Within walking distance of a new playground and multiple RV hook-ups, the building offers meeting space in both the sanctuary and basement levels. The basement includes tables, chairs, microwave, refrigerator and bathrooms for about 60 people. The sanctuary remains in its original condition and is often used for weddings and meetings. Rental is through the Glen Elder State Park Office at 785-545-3345.
The church was moved 15 miles to its present location in 1994 from its original location southwest of Beloit, as part of a plan to create a “living” history site of pioneer heritage and Native American lore connected to the history of the Waconda Springs. The church was built in 1911 at a cost of $4,000. It is in walking distance of the Waconda Springs Replica. The Waconda Visitor and Education Center is a mile east, but still within the State Park.