Wiscasset church gets steeple replaced

Posted Oct. 18, 2011, at 12:54 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 18, 2011, at 6:33 p.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — A Congregational church in Maine has its steeple back — and it’s made out of fiberglass.

The church in Wiscasset is next to the county courthouse. It’s actually the third church to occupy the spot; the last one burned down. The original church and steeple were built in 1909.

The weather took its toll on the church. About a year ago, a painting crew discovered the steeple was rotted and started a fundraising effort for a new one.

WCSH-TV reports about $250,000 was raised — enough to pay for steeplejack George Burgess and his crew to demolish the old spire and create the new one. It was lowered into place Monday.

The Rev. John Potter said many donations were received, including from local businesses.