Historic Virginia Church Under Repair for East Coast Earthquake Damage

Renovations expected to be complete by August

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    A church in Culpeper is still working to make repairs after the 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August 2011. Erika Gonzalez reports. (Published Wednesday, May 16, 2012)

    Almost nine months after the East Coast Earthquake rocked the region, some damages still need to be fixed, including those at a historic church in Culpeper, Va.

    At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, walls are cracked, and mounds of bricks and chunks of plaster fell out. Members of the church have not been able to worship inside the structure, project manager and church member Billy Greene said. The roof wasn’t damaged, but the balcony was.

    Greene has a laundry list of issues to deal with on the exterior, too. Most noticeable is the leaning cross 100 feet high on the steeple.

    Greene said he has a $506,000 budget. The church has a trust fund, but the money will have to be replaced.

    Greene said the renovations should be completed by August.