Jan 3, 2016 10:14 AM

Church serving the Upper Valley is closing its doors after 142 years

The Associated Press

QUECHEE, Vt. — A Vermont church is closing its doors after 142 years in Quechee.

Vermont Public Radio reports that rising maintenance costs and declining membership have led to decision to close the Quechee Community Church and sell the building. A final service was held on Christmas eve, and the church was filled to capacity.

The church is located about 11 miles from Lebanon, N.H.

People in the Upper Valley have been attending the church since 1873. Longtime members say the church used to attract scores of young families, but typical Sunday services have drawn less than two dozen.

Church council member Rob Robertson says costs associated with maintaining the building and heating were just too great.

The church plans to hold a special day of remembrance on Jan. 10 before it closes.

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