Posted: 10/11/2021 3:12:09 PM
The Lyndeborough Historical Society has reached its goal of raising a down payment for the purchase of Lyndeborough United Church and hopes to have a purchase agreement in place by the end of the year.
During a fundraiser at a garage sale on Saturday on the lawn of Lyndeborough Center Hall, located right next to the historic church, Historical Society president Stephanie Roper said the town had already collected or pledged about $ 26,000 for the purchase of the church.
Lyndeborough United Church owns both the 1837 Church on Center Road, which the town is now trying to purchase, and the Village Church on Putnam Hill Road. The church on Chemin Center is not winterized and is only used in summer. The United Church had at least one private offer on the building in 2020, and although the church eventually declined, the citizens of Lyndeborough have taken an interest in preserving the building as city property.
âFor a lot of people, the church is part of Lyndeborough’s identity,â said Roper. âIt’s really part of us, and we want it to be part of the city and open to the public. We are doing this for the good of the city as a whole.
Roper said the dedication was evident over the past year, as the Historical Society has raised funds, both through events and through private pledges, which less than a year later , made it possible to increase more than 15% of the total asking price for the building.
The church accepted the idea that it may take several years to raise the money to purchase the church, but the city hoped to have enough to secure a formal buy and sell agreement. before the end of the year – at least 10 percent of the asking price.
The purchase and sale agreement will officially put the building on hold to allow the city to try and raise the remaining funds, which it has planned to do through continued fundraising and state grants. and federal.
Although the city does not own the church during this time, it can use the building for other fundraising events, giving citizens a taste of what the building could be used for. future as a gathering place for functions and events like concerts.
You can reach Ashley Saari at 924-7172 ext. 244 or [email protected] She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.