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Vacant Barlow United Methodist Church to be demolished

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By Ben Hyatt

 

First United Methodist Church plans to lay to rest a vacant country church.

A meeting will be held at the First United Methodist Church May 30, at 7 p.m., to discuss future plans for Barlow United Methodist Church.

According to First United Methodist pastor Mike Coppersmith, former church members are sad to see the once vibrant church crumble.

“It is in pretty bad shape and people are starting to vandalize the church,” said Coppersmith. “I think the best thing is to let the church be torn down with dignity rather than let it fall to pieces.”

Barlow Methodist, located 12 miles northeast of Cynthiana, was built in 1866 and at its peak, had a membership of nearly 200.

A cemetery surrounds the outside of the church grounds.

“What we are hoping is to level the church and hopefully use the spot to sell burial sights,” said Coppersmith. “I’m sure people from the area that have ties to the church would like the opportunity to be buried there.”

Coppersmith said he hopes to also preserve some of the old relics inside the church including some of the pews and old hymnals.

“We would like to have a lunch on the grounds the day of demolition to celebrate the ministry that went on there,” said Coppersmith. “We plan on placing a monument in the area where the church is to serve as a reminder of the past.”

 For more information about future plans for Barlow Methodist Church or for ways to help, contact First United Methodist at 234-2722.