Stockton Springs regains a landmark
In 2008 it was determined that the steeple on the historic Stockton Springs Community Church was, after several years and several thousands of dollars of patching up, too deteriorated for further repair and finally had to come down before it fell down.
The church steeple had been a landmark for folks near and far and had served as a navigational aid since the glory days of ships and shipping and the sea captains who reigned supreme. In this modern age of the GPS, people still miss the sight of the steeple towering over the town.
A committee was formed by a group of older ladies, who have since become known as the Steeple People, who set out to see a new steeple in place that would do justice to the historic nature of the building, which was listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1985. The estimated price tag of more than $250,000 seemed an insurmountable goal. After five years of a lot of hard work, a variety of fundraising activities and the generosity and support of the people of Stockton Springs and surrounding communities, the community is finally seeing some action atop the Stockton Springs Community Church.
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the clock tower portion of the steeple was raised up to its proper position atop the base which the contractor had prepared for it. Marion Fisher, one of the Steeple People, expressed the committee's hearty thanks to the contractor, Robert Hanscom, to Lane Construction Co., the Cote Crane Co. and to all those individuals who contributed the necessary funds to get the lift truck to the church and get this first major stage in place.
On behalf of the group, she also thanked Stockton Springs residents and surrounding area residents for all their past, present and future support. Additional pieces will be worked on through the winter in the contractor's shop, but funding is still needed to complete the project, including the bell tower. The bell tower will house the Hooper Bell, which was cast in the former Paul Revere Foundry in Boston, a historic entity in itself, and is now being cleaned and restored in the shop of Bob Hanscom.
Though a total to date of $189,000 has been raised, another $67,400 is needed to complete the project. If anyone cares to contribute to see the final stages completed, they may do so by sending a check to: Save Our Steeple, Seaboard Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box G, Bucksport, ME 04416-1207, Attn: Darlene.