Façade restoration project to begin at Athens Brick Meetinghouse

ATHENS — The Athens Brick Meetinghouse Committee, on behalf of the town, will undertake a project to bring a shine back to the exterior of the 1817 Meetinghouse.

The work will include carpentry repair, window restoration, and painting of all wood surfaces, “bringing the exterior of this historic gem back to its former glory” says a news release.

The Athens Brick Meetinghouse is historically(1) significant to the Windham County region of Vermont, and particularly the 12 surrounding towns included in the “Old Athens Circuit” - Grafton, Rockingham, Townshend, Londonderry, Weston, Chester, Acton, Springfield, Landgrove, Windham, Putney, and Mount Holly.

Circuit riders from Athens traveled to these towns to preach and perform other religious services. Quarterly camp meetings with congregants from these towns often lasted two days at this “Mother Church” in Athens.

This work is possible thanks in part to a grant from the National Park Service in cooperation with Preservation Trust of Vermont, as well as the support of Athens taxpayers and funds raised through the Athens Historic Preservation Society.

For more information, or if qualified contractors are interested in the details of this project, contact Sherry Maher at 802-275-2835.

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