deterioration of a ‘much photographed and artistically rendered bell tower’

Wessaweskeag Historical Society donates to ‘Help Save Our Steeple’ campaign

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 9:45am

SOUTH THOMASTON — Wessaweskeag Historical Society has donated a large amount of money to help restore a nearby landmark. 

People’s United Methodist Church is a small New England church located on the edge of the Weskeag River in South Thomaston, Maine. Built in 1877, it is the most visible and well-known site in South Thomaston and is the center of activity for many outreach organizations in our area.

Over the past several years its much photographed and artistically rendered bell tower, cupola, and steeple began to deteriorate under the impact of Maine’s harsh winters and recently needed to be removed. A Gofundme page was set up to help the small church raise the funds to repair and restore the cupola and the bell.

The Wessaweskeag Historical Society members, recognizing the historical importance of this iconic structure, stepped up to help in the preservation effort and recently donated $10,000 to the ‘Help Save Our Steeple’ campaign.

Chuck Hartman, president of WHS, was delighted to see the support of the Society’s members to help this quintessential South Thomaston icon, according to the Historical Society, in a news release.