STOCKTON, Ala. (WALA) - HISTORIC CHUCH ON THE ROAD
It was quite a sight to see Wednesday, April 17. A historic church was on the road in northern Baldwin County.
The Montpelier Methodist Church has been in TJ Earle's family from the day it was built, more than 100 years ago. For him this is an emotional day.
"It's sad, but like I said, I'm glad too. It's going to a better home," Earle said. "Where it can be taken care of better and where the history will be preserved."
Earle's been the sole caretaker of the church the past couple of decades as it sat on his family land. However, time and vandals convinced him it was time to donate the church so that it could be preserved for the future.
"I had to keep it behind locked gates because people were vandalizing, stealing parts of it," Earle told us.
MOVING TO STOCKTON
The move will take the Church to Stockton's Bicentennial Park. To get there though, the building had to make a slow crawl down a narrow road. Along the way, trees limbs had to be pushed aside and power lines had to be lifted.
As those obstacles were dodged, spectators like Claudia Campbell stopped to watch the history of their community roll by.
"I'm sad that it's leaving because it's been here my entire life and my family is familiar with it. I think it's been a great decision and a wonderful gift from the Earle family," Campbell said.
At Bicentennial Park the church will part of an exhibit of historic buildings where it will find new life and a new purpose.
COST TO COUNTY
The Baldwin County Commission approved the funds to move the church. It cost the county just under $50,000.
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