Lyndeborough secures down payment for historic church

  • The Lyndeborough Historical Society, after a summer of fundraising, has secured about $26,000 to use as a down payment on the United Church of Lyndeborough on Center Road. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • The Lyndeborough Historical Society, after a summer of fundraising, has secured about $26,000 to use as a down payment on the United Church of Lyndeborough on Center Road. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/11/2021 3:12:09 PM

The Lyndeborough Historical Society has reached its goal of raising a down payment for the purchase of the United Church of Lyndeborough, and hopes to have a purchase agreement in place before the end of the year.

During a yard sale fundraiser Saturday on the lawn of Lyndeborough’s Center Hall, which is situated right next to the historic church, Historical Society President Stephanie Roper said the town has already raised or been pledged about $26,000 for the purchase of the church.

The Lyndeborough United Church owns both the 1837 church on Center Road, which the town is now attempting to purchase, and the Village Church on Putnam Hill Road. The Center Road church is not winterized and only used in the summer. The United Church had at least one private offer on the building in 2020, and though the church ultimately declined, Lyndeborough citizens became interested in preserving the building as a town-owned property.

“For a lot of people, the church is part of Lyndeborough’s identity,” Roper said. “It really is part of us, and we want to keep it part of the town and open to the public. We’re doing this for the good of the town as a whole.”

Roper said that dedication has been apparent in the past year, as the Historical Society has been fundraising, through both events and private pledges, which less than a year in, has raised more than 15 percent of the total asking price for the building.

The church has been amenable to the idea that it may take several years to fully raise the money to purchase the church, but the town was hoping to have enough raised to secure a formal purchase and sales agreement before the end of the year – at least 10 percent of the asking price.

The purchase and sales agreement will officially put the building in a holding pattern to allow the town to try to raise the remaining funds, which it has planned to do through continued fundraising and state and federal grants.

While the town won’t own the church during that period, it may have use of the building for further fundraising events, giving citizens a taste of what the building might be used for in the future as a gathering place for functions and events like concerts.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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