WOLCOTT, Vt. (AP) — Leaders at a nearly 200-years-old Vermont church are looking to fund repairs to its rotting foundation.
The Rev. Pat Thompson and pastor Mike Thorp say they tore up the Wolcott United Methodist Church’s floor to see how badly water had eroded the wooden foundation. Local 22 & Local 44 News reports the church was built against a stone ledge in 1856, which allowed water to seep into the foundation.
Thompson says the church is looking to purchase a concreate slab to block water from coming into the foundation, but it costs about $115,000 — a hefty price tag for the 11-person congregation.
Thompson and Thorpe say they will look for funding in historical preservation grants. The church was founded by George Brown, Vermont’s first African-American Methodist minister.
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Information from: Local 22/Local 44 News, http://www.mychamplainvalley.com