ABBEVILLE, S.C. —
It’s quiet inside the 160-year-old Trinity Episcopal Church in Abbeville, South Carolina.
The historic John Baker Tracker organ — silent for two decades.
But outside, construction noise filled the streets as the structure’s steeple was straightened Wednesday.
“When George Walker designed this place, that steeple was the tallest structure in South Carolina outside of Charleston and Columbia. And we suspect probably the whole South East — 125-foot-tall — and it represented the sense of Christian aspiration looking upward to heaven,” said Michael Bendenbaugh, executive director of Preservation South Carolina, the only statewide organization tasked with preserving historic locations across the Palmetto State since 1990.