An ambitious historic preservation project in Augusta achieves a major milestone Wednesday. Trinity CME Church is being moved to a new location.
“Mother Trinity”, as it is affectionately known, is considered the birthplace of the Christian Methodist Episcopal denomination. The stately brick structure, with its twin spires and multiple stain glass windows, has occupied the corner of 8th and Taylor Streets for more than 125 years.
Environmental contamination from a 19th century manufactured gas plant made it necessary for the congregation to sell the building in 1997. It's been empty ever since. There was talk over the years of demolishing it, but the leadership of the Augusta Canal National Heritage area, which owns land adjacent to the church, thought it was worth saving. Engineers, contractors and donors, came with up a plan to move the church to a new location a few hundred yards away.
Work began early this year excavating under the church and installing a lattice of massive steel beams. Then came the task of getting it on wheels. Dayton Sherrouse, executive director of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, said 12 dollies and 96 tires will roll the church to its new home.