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April 8, 2020 – From WYFF4

Historic South Carolina church steeple renovation moves forward using COVID-19 safety precautions

ABBEVILLE, S.C. —
It’s quiet inside the 160-year-old Trinity Episcopal Church in Abbeville, South Carolina.

The historic John Baker Tracker organ — silent for two decades.

But outside, construction noise filled the streets as the structure’s steeple was straightened Wednesday.

“When George Walker designed this place, that steeple was the tallest structure in South Carolina outside of Charleston and Columbia. And we suspect probably the whole South East — 125-foot-tall — and it represented the sense of Christian aspiration looking upward to heaven,” said Michael Bendenbaugh, executive director of Preservation South Carolina, the only statewide organization tasked with preserving historic locations across the Palmetto State since 1990.

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Mike Bedenbaugh, Executive Director

Trinity Episcopal in Abbeville to Receive National Grant

ABBEVILLE — Trinity Episcopal Church is set to be awarded a national preservation grant that will help in restoring the Trinity Street landmark.

The National Fund for Sacred Places is awarding preservation grants to 10 historic congregations in the country — totaling $1.9 million — and the gothic revival church in Abbeville is among them. Plus, it’s the only one in South Carolina for this granting cycle.

“The grant Trinity is being awarded is $250,000,” said Mike Bedenbaugh, Preservation South Carolina executive director. “However, that national preservation grant is tied to matching funds that we have to raise to get the full amount.”

Bedenbaugh said the Trinity Episcopal restoration project must raise $500,000 in matching funds.

Restore Trinity is a Project of Preservation South Carolina