Demolition Begins on Historic Church After Partial Collapse

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Demolition began Friday on the historic Second Presbyterian Church in Wheeling.

Heavy winds and rain collapsed the roof, last Monday.

The church was built in 1850, making it older than the state of West Virginia. The church was so historic, current owners of the building say President Abraham Lincoln was friends with the first minister and his wife.

Wheeling Fire Chief, Larry Helms, says they recommended the property owners take immediate action for the safety of the surrounding area.

“This church here, I went to kindergarten in it, 65, 67 years ago. And I came down to talk to the 2 owners to see if they’re anything that’s salvageable out of there that I can have as a memory, memory base. And I’m sorry to have to see it go like this,” said Wilbur Garrison.

EdgCo is conducting the demolition and an antique dealer is surveying the property.

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