BRAMWELL'S HISTORIC CHURCH

'Outcry' to save history": Posted: Saturday, Jul 10, 2004 - 09:32:47 pm EDT By: CHARLES OWENS Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

The town of Bramwell, WV hopes to salvage a historic church - Although it has rested quietly for more than a century along Church Street, the majestic structure has slowly crumbled as a result of time and disrepair.

For years, there was little anyone could do as they watched Bramwell's historic Church of the Holy Trinity slowly deteriorate. Although the roof is still strong, the foundation must be reinforced soon, including the far left side of the sanctuary, or the entire structure could fall. The Episcopal church, which was completed and opened for worship on Oct. 15, 1893, was finally deeded to the town of Bramwell two months ago by members of the Independent Bible Church of God.

The historic structure includes a rare 600-pound reed organ, which volunteers and town officials are now hoping to relocate to the Bramwell Depot. "I can't wait until it comes over here so we can play the first note," Freida McDaniel said of the organ. "This one is going to be a real relic. However, it hasn't been moved from the church yet. Moving something that fragile at this point, you would have to take a great deal of care with it.The object is to salvage and preserve it."

Dr. Bob Edmonds, a native of Bramwell and current resident of Huntington, is helping the town to save the organ. "I actually played that organ when I was in the fourth grade, so I have some history with it," Edmonds said. "I've had an interest in restoring and maintaining that organ since the late 1960s. I want to make sure that organ stays intact if at all possible." However, beyond the actual organ, town officials have a vision for the church, and they are appealing to the community for help in saving the historic structure.

Update (12/18/2016) : No information is presently available on the renovations being completed.

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Material furnished in Yr. 2004 by Shirley Minnick Smith, BHS Class '53

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