The Nevin Church was able to be used during our Spring Exhibition Show. Pastor Ward did an amazing job on the service. Former Members and show-goers filled the Church Sunday June 11th for the first Church service since its restoration at the SLPEM.
Moving the Nevin Memorial Church from the Town of Lisbon to the Museum’s Village Green is taking place in two phases, relocation and
restoration. Phase one is nearly complete but was full of surprises. Work
began by removing the pews, wall hangings, and other furniture. Then the
carpet, the new floor, and what remained of the original. The 12 stained
glass windows were next. Then the interior wall and ceiling coverings were
removed. Built in 1855, it was no surprise to find the walls’ interior constructed of posts and beams. But the posts were mortised deeply into massive sills and top plates. But a real surprise awaited – the walls were filled
with mortared brick between every log stud and post and even the braces.
The intention had been to move the walls somewhat intact, but time, money
and energy argued otherwise. So instead, modern framed walls have been
built and topped by modern trusses. All the furniture, flooring, windows,
doors and other church features have been salvaged and are stored in a
box trailer donated to the project by Kinney Drugs. Support for Phase 1
includes a $10,000 grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation, a $25,000 challenge gift from a generous member, and the many
donations by members and friends meeting the challenge.
Over the life of the Church, many changes had been made to the interior
and exterior. Phase 2 will begin in 2022 with the restoration of architectural elements on the exterior. Former members and friends of the
Church are asked to share any photos they might have, especially those
taken before vinyl siding was attached. Very few photos have been received thus far. Interior elements will be set in place largely as they originally were. When completed, old friends should feel little change. New ones
should enjoy a church, a place for worship and fellowship, that comfortably
and confidently reveals its 166 years of history. Your continued support is
needed to help complete this remarkable project.