The abandoned St-Matthew's Episcopal Church
The abandoned St-Matthew's Episcopal Church

The abandoned St-Matthew's Episcopal Church

The abandoned St-Matthew's Episcopal Church

Also known as Edwardstown Anglican Church

Saint-Chrysostôme (Quebec), Canada

Established in the 1840s to serve the English and Irish settlers, the St-Matthew's Episcopal Church (also known as Edwardstown Anglican Church) is located outside of the St-Chrysostôme village, few kilometers near the US border.

The cemetery is located on the north side of the church. The condition of the cemetery today is quite good in spite of considerable how the church looks like today.

In the 20th century, the number of parishioners dwindled but the church continued to hold annual services until 1985. That year vandals damaged the building and stole many of its furnishings. As the result, the building has been boarded up to protect what remains. Pity, since the building has great architectural character being an early example of the "Revivalist Gothic Style". Since 1985, the annual services have continued to be held in an alternate venue.

Today, the church itself is in good shape, but when we look inside, we see all the vandals’s work. The furnitures have been demolished and blasphemous graffiti have been written on the walls.

There is the giant clam that has not been stolen, but the fact that it is still there is probably due to its weight. We tried to put it back on its plinth, but it was much too heavy...

Source: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~qcchatea/cemeteries/edwardstown/

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