A Community Gathering Place
Today we're celebrating the recreation of this beautiful space. The site was first used for local industry in 1868. It was the big Parker Shoe shop, four stories and at full capacity 200 employees and it burned to the ground it 1882. Five years later the Methodist Episcopal Church rose from the ashes a place of worship and prayer and its cornerstone was laid on June 28th 1887. And after 1940 the Sawyer Family re-purposed this church building for auction storage, its grounds for auctioneering gathering crowds on the front lawn into the early 1970's.
Now recreated at 19 Carter, it is a vibrant inclusive space, its preservation maintaining continuity with the past and enhancing our center village. We relay the cornerstone 128 years later inviting each other to share new stories, welcoming art, music, information and fellowship let us give thanks for the energy and the wonderful spirit that has restored this building to community use.
June 13, 2015 Re-laying the Cornerstone Ceremony