Historic New Albany church gets new steeple after more than a century

VIDEO BY: Josh Kidd, WDRB Photojournalist

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A historic New Albany church has a brand new 65-foot steeple.

A lightning strike destroyed the original spire on top of the Town Clock Church more than a century ago.

"The work that the engineers, the architects, all the folks that are behind the scenes, the discussions on what has to happen, because when that steeple goes down in place there's literally once inch of clearance on either side," said Jerry Finn, a Horseshoe Foundation executive.

It took about two-and-a-half hours to erect the steeple, which was paid for with donations and built by volunteers. 

"This is awesome," Barbara Goode, said while she watched the spire being placed. "I've never seen anything like it before."

The original steeple was visible in Kentucky and served as a beacon of hope for slaves seeking freedom during the Civil War Era.

"It's a historical thing today," Goode said. "We have always wanted to see the church back to its original state."

The church aided fugitive slaves along the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.

"I cant believe how nice it looks, " Finn said. "The detail they went to make sure it looks exactly like it did when it was built in 1852 is phenomenal."  

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