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A review of restoration and upgrades at the
Chesterville Center Union Meeting House!
(Photos are slide shows that take a few seconds to run)

Fundraising Effort to Repair Meeting House Bell Tower

The Chesterville Center Union Meeting House has been in need of bell-tower repairs for some time. The queen-post truss that supports the tower has settled, the supports under the bell are weathered beyond repair, both tiers of the tower require new roofing and painting, and the bell itself is in need of maintenance to become operational again.

With assistance from Maine Preservation and the Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Steeples Project, an assessment and engineering report were prepared in 2017 and a local contractor has provided a proposal to perform the required work on the tower. Three generous grants have been obtained for the tower repairs including $19,800 from the Maine Steeples Project, $10,000 from the Davis Family Foundation, and $8,000 from the Narragansett Number One Foundation. The Franklin County Fiddlers performed a benefit concert and Tim Sample did a benefit performance. These two events raised an additional $1,843.

A community fund raising appeal letter was sent out to all Chesterville residents. We are very grateful for the $1,972 that was raised through our neighbors.

The Meeting House has reached out before, and donations and grants together with a large volunteer effort have enabled some major improvements in recent years. The main floor has been re-shored, a dressing room and privy have been added along with an A.D.A. compliant ramp, a handicapped parking area, and two air-source heat pumps. Successful fundraising and donations also allowed for some important weatherization and moisture control measures.

The bell-tower restoration will be the next milestone in making sure the Meeting House remains a landmark in Chesterville for another century. below. Work on the steeple will begin on September 16, 2019 and be completed by the end of October. Thanks for being a part of this important project.


Chesterville Center Union Meeting House
c/o Carolyn Drugge, Chairperson
72 Dutch Gap Road,
Chesterville, Maine 04938
Tel: 207 778-3767


Bell Tower Restoration 2019/2020

Phase 1: Assessment and Stabilization of Bell Tower

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Phase 2: Removal of Bell Tower and Bell
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Phase 3: Repair and Painting of Bell Tower
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Phase 4: Restoration Complete!
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Volunteers hard at work on the new ramp and privy addition 2014/2018
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