The McCord’s Crossroads Homemakers Club still hard at work
The McCord’s Crossroads Homemakers Club and the entire community are pulling together to put the finishing touches on the 100year Hopewell Building as time approaches for a huge celebration scheduled for Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.
Most recently, the homemakers club members and other volunteers have spent countless hours refinishing the beautiful century-old pine floors. Sheetrock was removed from the auditorium walls to reveal the original tongue and groove boards and the surprise of a large covering of insect tunnels! The club worked tirelessly cleaning and sanding the walls and ceiling to make way for a fresh coat of paint.
After being granted titled to the building in 2011, the club has made every effort to preserve the historic integrity of the building and to honor the work of those members who built the church in 1916.
When the 1960s paneling was removed from the former Sunday School rooms, the wide rough sawn boards that were placed diagonally were uncovered and have become an interesting display feature of the facility.
In addition, the homemakers have relied on the recollections of former members and their families to verify details of the design and features of the original structure.
“We learned from former members that the original building featured an unusual hexagon-shaped raised altar that extended into a bay window in the back of the building. Since damaged flooring in that portion of the building had to be replaced, we tried to mimic the outline of the altar when the new flooring was installed. A modified version of the bay window design will become an attractive back-drop for ceremonies, weddings, and special occasions,” stated Martha Jane Montgomery who is chair of the building restoration committee.
Next on the work schedule for the homemakers will be returning many of the timeworn fixtures to the building. The original pulpit is being restored by former church member and club member Peggy Dempsey, along with members of her family. Club members will be cleaning and leveling the original church pews and arranging them in the building, as well.
While the work inside continues, landscaping the grounds is also in full swing. Members of the Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association have come forward to assist with design layout and planting the shrubbery around the building. “Fall is the ideal season for planting shrubbery and perennials. We are pleased to be able to offer assistance to the homemakers club to help make the grounds of the Hopewell building attractive for their upcoming celebration,” reported master gardener Charlotte Grimes. Ms. Grimes along with association member Ginny Holland helped with the design of the Hopewell landscape project.
The celebration titled “Hopewell Celebrates 100 Years” is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, at 10 a.m. at 7290 County Road 16, Centre. The event includes a homecoming service, building dedication, open house with a complimentary ‘dinner on the ground’ and is sponsored by the McCord’s Crossroads Homemakers Club.
ON HAND FOR RECENT WORK SESSION. The homemakers club is grateful for the fine assistance of the Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association for their fine assistance with the landscaping project at Hopewell. The master gardeners are helping to make...
PLANTING SHRUBBERY AT HOPEWELL. Cherokee County Master Gardeners worked with the McCord’s Crossroads Homemakers Club recently planting shrubbery at the 100-year old Hopewell building. The shrubbery was donated to the project by the master gardeners....
WORK CONTINUES INSIDE BUILDING. Work continues inside the 100-year old Hopewell building. Edna Jennings, Judy Odom, Martha Jane Montgomery are shown cleaning years of dirt and grime to make way for more cleaning and sealing the building’s original...