Historic Stockport church to be relocated
Roger Hannigan Gilson is reporting in the Register-Star the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, a historic church on Route 25 in Stockport, will be dismantled this fall, sold and reconstructed at a new location. The plan is meant as a way to preserve the structure. The graveyard next to the church and a crypt under it will be preserved. The church held its last service in December, 2014, and was officially decommissioned by the Episcopal Diocese of Albany September 7. Chatham-based Cedar Flow Construction and Excavation will now look for a buyer for the building and ultimately reassemble the church at a different site. "This decision is seen by the trustees as the best-case scenario," a diocese spokesman said. The parish of Saint John the Evangelist was incorporated in 1845 by the owners and workers of the textile mills in Stockport, and the structure was completed in the spring of 1846, according to the National Registry of Historic Places. The church's design is loosely based on the Church of St. Mary, located in Stockport, England. The cemetery will still be owned and maintained by the diocese. The church will be deconstructed by winter. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.