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Historic Rock Hill Church to Move to Warren County Winery

Local fundraising efforts fell short to move the church to another Rock Hill location. Now the church will be dismantled and moved to Cedar Lake Cellars.

The fate of the Rock Hill Presbyterian Church at the corner of Manchester and McKnight roads in Rock Hill has been sealed.

The church, built in 1845, will be dismantled piece by piece and moved to Cedar Lake Cellars, which is in Wright City, MO, according to an article on stltoday.com. Work is scheduled to begin Monday with the demolition of the church's more modern school building.

For months, residents, preservation historians and city officials grappled with plans to save the church, which sits on land currently owned by U-Gas. U-Gas plans to build a gas station and convenience store on the land, which also houses the historic Fairfax House. The company  to another location on the property.

The Save the Rock Hill Church Committee  to . In March, Alderman Ed Johnson, Ward 1, . in Rock Hill. 

However, the money needed to move the church to a new Rock Hill location fell short of the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed. It was estimated to cost between $450,000 and $700,000 just to move the historic building.

Chris Musial, a spokesman for the committee, told stltoday.com that only about $8,000 had been raised for the project.

On Sunday, the committee thanked everyone for their support on its Facebook page, noting that the donations that were collected for the project would be returned.

Philip Scherry April 16, 2012 at 03:48 PM
We are working on a way to honor the memory of the church at the corner. Some sort of monument may be possible.
Thomas Behnen April 16, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Way to go Rock Hill! More Gas Stations. What a joke. Sad to say I grew up there. What's history compared to more money. This city is a joke. How many Gas stations are allowed anyway? Isn't there like 4 now?
Lori Burkhardt April 16, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I guess tax revenue is more important then history.
Sheri Gassaway April 16, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Thomas, I just checked with the city, and currently, there are three gas stations, not including the U-Gas to be built at Manchester and McKnight.
mormit April 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM
They say that Rock Hill was named after this church. Does this change mean the town will be changing its official name to "Gas, Cigs, and Lottery Tickets"?

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