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(CNN/WBAY) -  It's not often drivers have to share the roadway with a church!  But, it happened in Shawano, Wisconsin when a 100-year-old church went on a road trip.   

Early Tuesday morning along empty streets in Shawano, the former Seventh Day Adventist Church made the slow move from River street to its new home at Heritage Park just over a mile away.
 
"We just had worked so hard for this and it's really happening and it's been a wonderful experience," says Karen Grover, Shawano County Historical Society.

This is the second move for the church.  It was moved from Belle Plain in 1938 and the Seventh Day Adventist Church moved in.  The congregation moved to a new site in April.  Then a community member bought this church, believed to be 113 years old, and donated it the Shawano County Historical Society.  An elder with the church says the last service was very emotional. 

"Lots of feelings were shared and memories were shared of what happened the last 40 to 50 years," says Allen Heling.

And others say they are glad it will be preserved.

"It's not torn down, it's not used for home, it's not used for business, it will remain a house of prayer," says Eldon Heling.  

The building will be used for things like weddings and memorial services.  The cost to move the church and restore it is estimated to be $115 thousand dollars.
 
"Remove the paneling that was added, and the floor has a blue carpeting on it, so we're eager to see what kind of wood boards are down below," says Grover.  "The steeple is a big part of the restoration."

The historical society says they have about 70% of that and hope grants will cover the rest. Moving the church to Heritage Park was just the first step in a long process.  Now the historical society will work to restore the church to its original condition when it was built in the early 1900s.

 

 

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