“It was monumental,” 150-year-old steeple is being removed for restoration

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BRICKERVILLE, LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.-- The Coleman Memorial Chapel is almost 150-years-old. The Yunginger family is tasked with restoring the steeple for the church.

"It's a real challenge. That's for sure," Jeff Yunginger said. "You don't know what you're going to do."

Church pastor Russell Hobbs said after 150 years the steeple was showing its age.

"In recent years, the steeple has undergone some weather damage and winter has been tough on the chapel," Hobbs said.

This is not the first time the Yungingers have restored parts of the church. They restored the front of the church in years past.

"The base will stay on the chapel itself. The top will have to be removed," Jeff Yunginger said. "The timbers on it are starting to rot."

More than $20,000 were donated by the descendants of the Coleman, who founded the church, to pay for the restoration.

"It was monumental," Hobbs said. "It was a family and community project."

One of the challenges the Yungingers faced in removing the top part of the steeple was the rotting posts.

"Weight is a factor," Jeff Yunginger said. "We don't want to get too much on it, but we want to get enough that we pick it up in on big sweep."

The steeple will stay on the grounds of church for the restoration. It will take about two to three weeks.



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