‘We think it’s worth saving’: Fairview Preservation Committee to Hold First Meeting to Discuss Plans to Save Church | muscat


“The people who built this church put so much evident love and care into the building that my heart goes out to them and their descendants,” Thayer said. “I think this is something that we cannot let go of because it was built with love and obviously there is still a lot of community love attached to this church.”

In preparation for what is sure to be an ambitious project, Thayer, her husband and two parents, John and Nancy Hayes, have already started researching the history of the church, speaking with groups such as Louisa County. Historic Preservation Commission and taking pictures. to begin the preservation process, as well as to make temporary repairs to the building.

She also spoke to the group that had previously attempted to rehabilitate and preserve the church in the 1990s, insisting that it was her generation’s turn to take over and finish the project.

“We’re not far from how to use it yet, but I think we have a very solid base of options that we’re ready to pursue once we’ve formulated a community-centric vision and plan for our project.” ”Thayer said.

There are many issues that need to be addressed, including significant structural issues and water damage, and Thayer believes this project will take around five years.

“If we’re looking at fundraising and grants, I know it takes time,” she said.

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