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The Old Stone Church (challenge)
 
Fire
destroyed her
but again
she would rise
rebuilt,
on same landscape
til,
met by demise

Homes,
schools,
a railway...
beneath
reservoir
4000 bodies
in ruins,
below

Stripped bare
of interior
all windows
removed
last standing
structure
four towns
now submerged

The old house
of worship
now stands
there alone
pigeons and bats
have made it
their home

Surrounded
by water
a dam
dug by man
laborous
immigrants
built
with bare hands

A tourist attraction
for those
who pass by
historical landmark
catches
mans eye

She stands
there abandoned
is but
empty shell
Yet,
inside the old church
a calmness still
dwells




The Old Stone Church was built in the early 1890s to replace the Baptist church which had been lost in a fire. Hardly 10 years later, it had to be abandoned for the reservoir. Because it was built of stone and was clearly going to be a scenic attraction, the commonwealth was persuaded by townsfolk to let it remain. It stands alone on a point of land by the side of the water as a reminder of what was lost to the reservoir.

The Old Stone Church Site is open to the public, and can be visited at anytime.

NOTE:

The Church is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.




The Little Country Church Challenge
hosted by, Deeny107 (Clara)


02/16/17
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By Rose Marie Streeter

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