Historic Vermont Church to be demolished
ENOSBURG, Vermont (AP) – An almost 140-year-old church in Enosburg Falls will be demolished next week.
West Enosburg United Methodist Church has only three active members and to keep it operational would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars while it is estimated to be demolished at $ 40,000, said Warren Hull, president of the church’s trustees. Messenger of Saint-Alban.
“The foundations of the church are totally destroyed and the walls are moving,” he said. “The ties below are all rotten … but there isn’t enough money to fix them.”
The original church built in 1839 was a brick building that was replaced over a decade later. A fire destroyed the Second Church, which was replaced by the current structure in 1882. Attendance has steadily declined as the population ages and the lack of young families, Hull said.
“When I was a kid there were probably 35, 40 people there every Sunday,” he said. “But it hasn’t stopped dropping since.”
Church members voted in April to demolish it after a poll was distributed to parishioners in 2020, Hull’s wife Marie said.
The stained glass windows and the pews of the church have been sold. After the demolition, the property will be put up for sale, said Warren Hull.
In May, church members voted to merge with the Enosburg Methodist Church. The Hulls attend the service there and at Richford Methodist Church, which both share the same pastor, Warren Hull said.