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Demolished Church Leaves Behind Windows Into Past
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Also Contributing: Katy Brown
Reported: Jun. 1, 2012 9:19 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 1, 2012 9:38 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Pieces of the past have been found inside a 100 year old Charleston church recently torn down.
The Central United Methodist Church was torn down last month after sitting empty for several years, but members of the church from a century ago left behind a true window into the past.
On the outside it looks like your typical 100 year old box, but it's what's inside that's got members of the Central United Methodist Church on Bigley Avenue anxious to dig into their history.
The church was recently torn down to make way for a Dollar General. Members merged with the Canaan Methodist Church, but seeing their former place of worship reduced to rubble was something that was hard for many to accept.
"Some of them may have perhaps found that difficult to deal with because it was a landmark that they had been used to for many many years. So having something that would be a remembrance of that, I think is a good thing," says Lay Leader, Carr Grubb.
But demolitioners knew to be extra careful around the cornerstone of the building because inside the walls were not one, but two time capsules. One was put there on May 4, 1913, and a safe time capsule is engraved to be opened in 2092.
"We don't know when we're going to open them but we are going to open them and we do know what's in them!" says Grubb.
In 1942, on the 50th anniversary of the church, a booklet was printed that's given them an idea of what to expect when the first time capsule is revealed.
"In there is a section called the Cornerstone and it lists everything that's in this box," says Grubb.
Windows into the past, offering members a piece of their church that's truly frozen in time.
"We do have to remember that that church was only a building and churches are the people that are in it, and as I told you we are very much alive and doing well here," says Grubb.
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