When I worked at The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), I was well aware that the President General made an annual pilgrimage from Washington, D.C. to Rindge, New Hampshire every August to visit this site. In a few months it will be their 62nd trip; the Cathedral of the Pines is 65 years old.
When the December 2008 ice storm hit the Monadnock region, the worst ice storm in New Hampshire history, it was devastating to our majestic crop of pines that had graced the sanctuary since its founding 65 years ago." Yes, 200 trees were destroyed.
Nature also affected this site back in 1938 when a hurricane changed the landscape. At that time, the present owners had no idea a mountain range could be seen from that spot, but with the felled trees, it was decided it would make a lovely spot for a sanctuary for the family. It is a perfect place for weddings, burials, listening to lectures, meditating, attending a service or strolling the grounds.