Friday, August 14, 2015

Save Our Steeple

We ran across an article in the local paper here in Camden about a benefit that was being held at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church. The entertainment was a delightful couple who sang mostly blue grass and some gospel, They are the LaClaires. Here is a short video of one of their performances some time back.

Now the real reason I want to bring all this to your attention is the reason for the benefit. Since 1837, the tall white spire of the Chestnut Street Baptist Church has been a focal point of downtown by land, sea and air. Home to the Camden town clock since 1868, it's been keeping the time for generations. Countless photos have been taken of Camden and its stately image appears in many of them.

Recent inspections have found this iconic Camden landmark to be leaning and in need of extensive repair. The congregation has chosen to not remove it, but to work to raise the funds to restore it. The church first began meeting at the site in 1808 when Thomas Jefferson was president. You can see the spire here closest to the harbor, the view from Mt. Battie. There is a better one on their website.

This is a collage of photos from inside the church the evening of the concert.

Just in case you might want to check them out and even make a donation, here's the site where you can go for a secure donation: Save our Steeple. We had such a nice time and met some very interesting folks, determined to get their landmark repaired.

Have a really special Friday. We have just one more day in Maine, then start our trek back across the states.

Linda Kay

17 comments:

Revrunner said...

Ah, well, enjoy this final day. :-)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Very interesting. Glad you enjoyed your Maine trip! And have a safe and enjoyable return.

eileeninmd said...

I hope you enjoyed your last day in Maine! I hope the steeple is repaired and the benefit was a success. Have a happy weekend!

Gail said...

A very worthy cause.

John's Island said...

Hi Linda Kay, Interesting post. This is sure the right time to visit Maine. Hope they are successful in saving the steeple!

Tom said...

Churches do a lot of saving, but many of the buildings also need a lot of saving. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Mike said...

I'm sure it's going to cost a tab bit more to repair it than it did to build it.

Gosia k said...

nice church. Travel safely to your state.

William Kendall said...

Quite a beautiful church. Safe journey home!

DeniseinVA said...

Looks like a very nice event and that is a lovely church. Happy travels :)

Patricia said...

What a beautiful church, and I love a good Church spire! Hope they are able to Save the Steeple, asap.

The Yum List said...

What a beautiful shot looking down over the bay. Good luck with the fundraising.

Amy at love made my home said...

I hope they can raise the money to make the necessary repairs. xx

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Linda; Oh, what a great event with worthy cause☆☆☆  My music lover husband and I truly enjoyed the music♬♬♬ And Beautiful inside of the church. I respect you ,my Dear friend.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Hannah said...

That's an interesting old church and landmark. I hope they can raise the money to restore it. I enjoyed the music too.

Lexa Cain said...

What great pics of the lovely church! I sure hope they raise enough money to keep it going and build a new steeple. Have a great weekend!

Cynthia said...

I hope the community is able to save the church steeple. The old steeples are so pretty in the countryside and small towns, and they don't build them like that on churches anymore.

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