Saving an historic church

Published 9:01 am Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Fashion show, silent auction planned for Oct. 5 for Saluda Presbyterian Church
SALUDA—This year the Saluda Presbyterian Church will turn 125 years old, making it the oldest building in the historic district.
A group is raising money now to save the church and do needed renovations.
A fundraiser is planned for 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Tryon Country Club. There will be a silent auction and fashion show, with tickets on sale at Thompson’s Store in Saluda and the Dressing Room.
The church sits at the top of the Saluda Grade, with Saluda Presbyterian Pastor Lin Johnson saying it is a scene that looks like it came from a Normal Rockwell painting.
There are 2,900 sites in North Carolina that are on the National Historic Register, with Saluda Presbyterian being one of those.
Despite needing restoration, the church has a small but dedicated congregation, with a local food pantry housed there and yoga and karate lessons available.
The church also provides at least a dozen scholarships for students.
“Those scholarships can mean the difference between picking coffee beans for $2 a day or doing something greater,” Clerk of Session Jay Solomon said.
For more information about the Oct. 5 fundraiser or the restoration of the building, people can contact Jeannie Solomon at 864-426-2883.
Any donations to the project can be mailed to Saluda Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 638, Saluda, N.C. 28773.

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