TROY – The Troy Union Church, built in 1840, is once again back open.
The church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and needed a lot of work to keep it around for many more years.
“It’s definitely up and running,” said Norma Rossel, the project coordinator.
Rossel said church goers couldn’t use the building while under construction starting in the summer of 2014.
Water caused the beams to rot.
“We had to get the ceiling out before we could fix what was causing the sagging and the staining,” Rossel said.
“The rain was coming in and drip drip drip and over the years it just ruined it,” she said.
The entire steeple also had been rebuilt. Rossel said the steeple was leaning the same degree as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The interior has also been restored. The renovations allowed the choir loft to be revealed for the first time since 1950.
The ceiling returned to its original 19-foot height and the pews were repaired. Rossel said she’s thankful for the support they’ve received during the transformation.
“It was just amazing the transformation and today we were warm in here because the windows weren’t leaking,” she said.
Rossel said there is a lot to come for the future of this church. She said they’d like to open it up to more than just services.
“We want to have other kinds of things. We had the fiddlers in here just to demonstrate how you can have a community celebration,” Rossel said.
“Doesn’t have to be a church celebration it could be a community celebration,” she said.