2012-06-26 / Front Page

Established In 1842, New Union Carolina Church Receives ‘12 Preservation Award

Grant Funds, Donations Help Congregation With 12-Year Building Project
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


The New Union Carolina Church in Adkinsonville was recently recognized as a recipient of the Annual Preservation Award, given by Owen County Preservations. ( 
Staff Photo) The New Union Carolina Church in Adkinsonville was recently recognized as a recipient of the Annual Preservation Award, given by Owen County Preservations. ( Staff Photo) A 12-year restoration effort recently culminated in the New Union Carolina Church in Atkinsonville being recognized as one of two recipients of the Annual Preservation Award, given by Owen County Preservations.

The project was fueled in large part by grant dollars and goodwill donations given by dependents of church members and members of the church themselves.

According to Deanna Collins, who serves as secretary and treasurer for the church’s board of directors, the church received two $1,500 awards from the REMC Round-Up program, two $500 grants from the Owen County Community Foundation and a $5,000 grant from Indiana Landmarks. Personal donations, she said, ranged from $5 to $500.

“We really appreciate it, because it’s been 12 years of hard work trying to earn money and get enough money to do what we needed to complete the work,” Collins said. “One of the things we’re proud of is that most of the money we raised came from outside of Owen County and we hired workers from within Owen County.”


Deb Jordan, President of Owen County Preservations, presents the Annual Preservation Award to Deanna Collins and Lloyd Lucas of the New Union Carolina Church Board of Directors. 
(Staff Photo) Deb Jordan, President of Owen County Preservations, presents the Annual Preservation Award to Deanna Collins and Lloyd Lucas of the New Union Carolina Church Board of Directors. (Staff Photo) The restoration effort included the replacement of eight windows, weather boarding around the building and a new seal under the front of the church. Workers also caulked and sealed the new windows, along with the sanding and painting the exterior of the building. The church’s interior received new plaster and paint.

Two individuals also donated money towards the restoration of an 1898 Bible at a cost of $400.

“When we first started restoring the building, we tore off an addition added in the 1970s because it was kind of pulling on the structure,” Collins said. “It wasn’t part of the original structure so we dismantled it. We just started sending out feelers for people who were interested in giving contributions. The majority of the money we received was from the descendents of people who went to Carolina Church and who have family members buried in the cemetery there.”

The church was constructed in 1842 on land donated by Marady Lucas, the three-times greatgrandfather of current board of directors president Lloyd Lucas. Gary Sheese currently serves as vice president of the board, while the church’s trustees include Scott Sheese, Don Cassidy, William Query and Shannon Geiger.

The church is currently making preparations for its annual homecoming on Sunday, August 5. A basket dinner will be held at 12 noon. Visitors will be able to view historic documents and photos of the church during the homecoming.

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