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Methodists agree to sell Centenary

The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors canceled a public hearing Tuesday on a request from All Saints Anglican Church to have a sewer hook-up from Centenary United Methodist Church in Saluda to the county’s “pump and haul” system.

On August 28, Rappahannock District Methodist trustee chairman Foster Lee emailed Barry Goodwin of All Saints Anglican Church that the trustees “have agreed to sell Centenary Church to another party.”

Because of this, in a letter to the county, Goodwin said All Saints Anglican Church was withdrawing its request for a public hearing on the possible sewer hook-up.

Centenary Church was closed in 2006 when the congregation got too low in numbers to meet the church’s financial needs and obligations. The Rappahannock Methodist District owns the church building, and district officials have been trying to sell the building for three years.

However, when it was learned there was about $27,000 in structural damage to the church steeple and roof, Methodist officials said they were unable to find an acceptable buyer. The county building official informed Methodist officials if the structural problem was not fixed, the church would be condemned. The Methodist trustees then decided to tear down the church, which was built in 1882.

There was considerable public outcry and numerous letters to the editor in the Southside Sentinel encouraging the Methodist trustees to save the church, which many people considered a historic building.

Apparently, new buyers for the church have surfaced and the Methodist trustees have agreed to sell the building and property to them. The buyers have not been publicly identified.

posted 09.02.2009

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