Larry from the Taymoyth Twp Historic Association gave me a tour of the historic St Pauls Episcopal Mission Church on Seymour Road. The church was built in 1874 by Scottish, Irish and English Immigrants. When we walked inside the historic church I noticed was the all the holes in the wooden floor about the diameter of a silver dollar.
Larry said the holes in the floor allow heat from the basement to come up thru the floor and heat the church. He said there is a large “coffin-shaped” furnace in the basement that they would stoke before the church services. There are wooden plugs that people could use to plug the hole in front of them while sitting in a pew if they were getting to warm.
The size of the congregation dwindled and services were held monthly in the late 1800s and after the turn of the century, the last service was held in 1909. surprisingly the church survived years of abandonment and in the past few years the Taymouth Twp. Historical Association has been restoring the old church.
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