Temple of Tolerance

Admission to the Temple of Tolerance is Free (Donation box on the front porch).

  • Open: Dawn to dusk year-round
  • Location: (Map It) 203 S. Wood St. in Wapakoneta, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-738-4474

The Temple of Tolerance in Wapakoneta is a man-made wonder. In a residential neighborhood, Jim Bowsher had a vision. And once he bought up the extra greenspace deadlocked behind numerous homes, he and his brother built a rock garden for the ages. There is a story behind every assembly of stones. And if Bowsher is home, there is nobody better to tell it. Some stones in particular have a helluva tale in and of themselves as to where they came from – places like Woodstock to Oppenheimer’s home.  The incredulous site is a peaceful retreat. There are also various special events held there from time to time. It’s not uncommon to find musicians in the rock garden playing their tunes. It’s a place many go for inspiration. Well done, Jim. Well done.

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