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CWC Home Tour 2012: Columbia-Union Presbyterian Church

2012-11-18 - 304 Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by George Kolbenschlag. The Columbia Union Presbyterian Church 304 Burkesville Street (Bing Map), Columbia, KY

Kitty Frazier was a widow in 1856 when women did not usually have control of finances. She was ahead of her time, however, with a good sense of business. Records show she was granted a license in 1843 to keep a tavern, what we might think of as an inn - a place for weary travelers to rest and have a meal. Kitty also had some land. She donated a half acre to build a Presbyterian Church, which has been a place of worship for 155 years. Bricks were made and fired in a yard on Jones Street, the limestone steps and foundation were hand chiseled. During the Civil War the steeple was handy for a lookout southward from where rebel troops were likely to come.

Pause and listen to carols played - ones that have been sung in this sanctuary for over one hundred fifty years. There is much to learn and treasure from this oldest church building in Columbia. A reception in the Claycomb Room adjoining the sanctuary will give a chance to sample Christmas delicacies prepared by members of the Columbia Woman's Club while learning more about this church's interesting history. - Vonnie Kolbenschlag

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