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Restoration work on Trinity continuing

The Abbeville Anglican, the newsletter of Trinity Episcopal Church, provided a small restoration update in its July issue.

"Work continues on schedule and progress continues to be made on completion of the church," the newsletter said.

With its 125-foot steeple, the church is a mainstay of historic Abbeville. The congregation was established in 1842, and today the church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Preservation South Carolina and Friends of Trinity currently are helping the congregation with a multi-million dollar preservation effort, the church website states.

Preservation South Carolina executive director Mike Bedenbaugh said Tuesday that work is being done on the plaster inside the church.

"We cannot open it and allow people in until we get the sign-off from City and County building inspectors," he said.

Potentially, the church could begin hosting events in August or September, depending on the approval of inspectors and progress in curbing the coronavirus pandemic, Bedenbaugh said.

As for when church services can resume being held in the building, that depends on the Episcopal bishop.

According to the church newsletter, "The congregation will not be able to return to the building until we have the Bishop's permission."

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