Parties & Rentals

Rent the Country Chapel

Located in downtown Mendota near the Breaking the Prairie Museum.

Looking for a charming space to hold your small gathering or special event? The Country Chapel is available to rent. This scenic little chapel is a perfect spot for:


Wedding Vow Renewals


Special Church Services

The Country Chapel was completed in 2004 and dedicated with the Mathesius Brothers Barn. Similar churches were found in many small country towns. Besides offering religious services, they were social gathering places for families in the area. The chapel has a foot pump organ like those used for services and entertainment.

Tours can be arranged by contacting the main office: 815-539-3373
The site is handicap accessible.

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Rent the Golden Trencher Car

The Golden Trencher train car is available to rent for parties and more.

What a truly unique and wonderful place to hold your next event! Located in downtown Mendota, IL at Union Depot, the Golden Trencher makes a perfect event space for:

Birthday Parties

Tea Parties

Social Gatherings

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Golden Trencher Cafe

The 1949 Golden Trencher dining car was refurbished by museum volunteers to bring it to the way it looked in 1950's. It has a full kitchen (galley) and in the day could prepare almost any kind of meal. The picture shown has the cafe car decorated for a tea party and fashion show of ladies hats from years gone by. The car be rented for parties, meetings, family get togethers - has a complete sound system for presentations and music.