Historic church hits the road in Chesterfield Twp

- Here's something you don't see every day - a church picked up and moved out.

SkyFOX spotted crews securing the building to a massive flatbed this morning. Now the chapel is finding a new home in a special part of Chesterfield Township.

The Kolping Chapel once sat a quarter mile away from the historical village on Sugarbush Road in Chesterfield Township. But now, the village will be its new home.

The church was built in 1932, it can fit about 20 people inside, and it was all built by hand. Once everything is done, the church will be placed nearby. Fortunately the church has a new home, because otherwise it would have been torn down.

The property it is on now, is for sale and the small sanctuary needed to move. The cost? $50,000 to move the church a quarter mile and the money was donated by a family in Chesterfield.

"If we couldn't have raised the money ourselves, yes it probably would have been torn down within a year," said Michael E. Lovelock, Chesterfield Township supervisor.

Stones used to help build this church came from all over the world.

"One of the stones in there actually comes from Mount Calvary where Christ was crucified," said Roy Rivard, Chesterfield Historical Society.

With the age of the structure and how it was built in 1932, makes moving the church a delicate task.

"The footing was probably built at different times and it's all different levels, different thicknesses," said Fred Christian, C&A Building Movers. "So I have to try to shimmer everything the best I can."

But it is a beauty to look at.

"The inside is fantastic," Rivard said. "There's all kinds of art work on the inside made from the stones."

Once the relocation is complete the doors will reopen, and the historical village plans to hold weddings and events at the chapel.

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