Historic Anderson Co. church gets a facelift

6:53 PM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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A historic church in Anderson County is getting a facelift. Crews are making repairs to the exterior of the Briceville Church and re-painting it.

The church was built in 1888 by Welsh immigrant coal miners. The building no longer houses a congregation, and over the years it has fallen into disrepair.

The Coal Creek Watershed Foundation has worked in recent years to restore the building.

The painting work is in the third phase. Crews have already put on a new roof and gutters, and repaired water damage and drainage issues in the basement.

"The structure itself still amazes me that it is still here. It has not been vandalized, it's standing in good condition, but it needed a really good coat of paint and scraping, and they're replacing a lot of the rotten boards and stuff," said Carol Moore with the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.

"It's not too often you get to work on a church that's 124 years old, and the unique design of it, it's just interesting," said Don Witesel with Certa Pro Painters.

The Briceville church and cemetery were added the the National Register of Historic Places in August 2003.

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