Powelton Methodist Steeple

Powelton Methodist   Circa 1795

Powelton Methodist may be the most well preserved and photogenic… but completely abandoned… church structure we have uncovered to date.  Its ownership at this moment is very cloudy and questionable.  So, why do we start here with a close-up view of the center steeple, bell tower and pediment?  From a distance, when viewing the ‘long shot” of Powelton Methodist that introduced this sequence, all looks well.  But this close-up of the vulnerable steeple and roof area reveals that serious deterioration of these elements has already taken place.  Now open to the elements, these highest structures will soon allow rain into the interior of the building (in spite of the remarkably well-preserved, old tin roof) thus sounding the death knell for the entire structure.