Leaders to decide church’s future after roof collapse in Bramwell
128-year old church was built in 1893 and had been vacant for the last 25 years
Bramwell, W.Va. (WVVA) -A church which had once stood in historic Bramwell, West Virginia for 128 years has crumbled after the roof collapsed.
Mayor Lou Stoker says the incident happened at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church shortly after midnight Thursday morning.
She says the structure--built in 1893--was among one of the first churches in the ‘Town of the Millionaires’ as its been coined.
It was in need of stabilization and repairs and had not been used for about 25 years so no one one was hurt or inside at the time.
It is owned by the town, and she says they had been in touch with contractors--including one who specalizes in historic preservation--to makes the repairs.
“It’s heartbreaking for us to lose anything; to lose a structure. We’ve been very careful to try to preserve the structures, the bridges, and the stories of the people who were in the houses,” said Mayor Stoker.
“We’ve preserved the stories of the people who were members of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.”
The mayor says there will be a meeting which will determine whether the church will be repaired or demolished.
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