HISTORICAL BRAMWELL CHURCHES

Holy Trinity (Episcopal Church) Updated material & Photographs - YR. 2005

 

The first service of the Bramwell Church of Holy Trinity (Episcopal Church) was held as an open air service in 1886 near where the railroad station once stood and is presently being reconstructed. The cornerstone for the church building was laid on September 25, 1892 and the building completed for the first service to be held on October 15, 1883. The church operated for many years until the 1955 - 1956 period when it was dissolved, combining it with Christ Church. On January 22, 1957 the church was placed in the category of "an unused church." The church was sold in to the Church of God in April 1962 and was resold to Mr. Bruckner in November 1967. Mr. Bruckner wanted the building to start a church called the Bramwell Mission. The church is located at the south end of town and is near the Freeman House and bend in the Bluestone River.

Updated material on the Episcopal Church- Year 2005.

The Bramwell Episcopal Church, built in 1892-1893, was bequeathed to the Town of Bramwell in about 2005. A ship builder designed this structure. The roof in the main room, with exposed beams, resembles the hull of a great ship upside down. As you can see from the pictures, the building has many unique features, such as the round stained glass windows. The most impressive feature is the woodwork, both on the ceiling and the walls. The artistry of its creation is probably the reason it is still standing today.

This building not only has historical and architectural significance, but the town has a specific use in mind for the edifice. The local theatre company, artists and musicians have long been searching for a place to exhibit their talents. We believe that the beauty and acoustics of this structure make it a great candidate for such a venue. It would never loose the appearance of a church and it has been suggested that weddings could be held there as well. The Bramwell Economic Development Authority realizes that the arts play a significant role in the tourist industry and in its hay day Bramwell’s Millionaires saw to it that they enjoyed the height of fashion and culture of the Victorian era. An arts center would not only be an added attraction for visitors, but it would be good for the community, not to mention in keeping with the history of this millionaire’s oasis in the coalfields.

     It is essential that the foundation and roof be supported before the weather gets harsh. Strategically placed tarps on the roof are the only protection from the elements at the moment. We run the risk of loosing the entire church if action is not taken immediately. 

     BEDA has requested funds at this time to be used to prepare the old Bramwell Episcopal Church for the winter. The building has slowly deteriorated since it went out of service in 1957, yet much of the structure is stable and quite beautiful, due to its unique design and workmanship. Plans and donations are being made to restore this church, but our biggest concern is that while this process is going on winter creeps closer.  There is no time to start the major restoration before the first snow, but there are important issues that must be addressed to insure that the winter conditions do not cause more damage. We hope that by taking these measures we will save money on this project in the long run.

    (The above article from the former Bramwell News Internet site.)

A view of the Episcopal Church in Bramwell, West Virginia. Photograph from a post card mailed from Gary, West Virginia, dated Dec. 1, 1908.

 

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