Smithfield Baptist Church is razed

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End of an Era

By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

For 137 years, the oldest portion of Smithfield Baptist Church stood tall. It stands no more.

Reverend Ed Life said the old building finally had to come down.

The sign outside the church reads “Thank you, Lord, for 137 years in this building.”

When the church was built in 1872, masonry was done very differently. “The state-of-the-art building was they dug a trench and started layering bricks,” he said. Life said although the walls were 18 inches thick at the foot, there was no foundation.

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