Highgate Springs, a small town just south of the USA/Canada border, sits on US Route 7, directly adjacent to Interstate 89. Home to lakeside homes, a family resort, and working farms, you wouldn’t know much is there, except for the church steeple that you can see from I-89, if you’re paying attention. Finally, I had the opportunity to drive by and snap a few photographs.
The Highgate Springs Union Church, this Victorian Gothic building was constructed in 1877, with a mixture of Stick, Classical, and Gothic details. Originally built as a single-denomination church, it was soon used by a “union” of Highgate denominations. It is listed in the Vermont State Register of Historic Places (#0609-58).
“The Little White Church,” as it’s locally called, is not technically abandoned, based on what I can find. However, it no longer offers regular services. Instead, it’s used for special events such as weddings from May- October.
Beautiful, yes? And not abandoned, but it could use some maintenance and more funding and greater usage.
Every community seems to have similar issues with churches. What about those near you?
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Good Morning Kaitlin!
It has been a while. First off, I would like to say, I love the format of this post. Multiple pictures and a story that gets into some detail.
It is true. A lot of churches are starting to show signs of wear. In our exploring, we have found some beautiful old churches that make you wonder about the neglect. Last summer we went through North Adams Ma and they were tearing down a huge brick church. It was a shame. We sat there and watched for a while as the heavy equipment knocked it down. No one even tried to save the stained glass windows!
It is almost like no one cares about the past or our historical sites.
Have a Great day and I look forward to your posts.