McClellan Development Authority Moves Chapel


Piney Woods Chapel is a church built in World War II and renovated in the 1970s. Earlier, the McClellan Development Authority had the building on a demolition list. But as of recently, officials decided that it sat on a valuable piece of property and decided to move it to another location. Today, the church was moved to that new location. Calhoun County District 2 Commissioner Tim Hodges says they have been trying more than 3 years to figure out what to do with the building. He says they are looking to extend the life of the church and give it a rebirth. McClellan Development Authority Chairman Phil Webb says it has been a partnership to understand the history and what the facility means to so many people in the community. Board member Willie Duncan says today is a joyous occasion. He hopes to see the church utilized by the entire community. He says they have been working hard to save the building. The total distance of the route the church travelled was 1.2 miles. The new site for the chapel is a more than 2 acre parcel of property adjacent to the McClellan Military Cemetery. According to reports, historians believe the church was only meant to be a temporary structure, to be demolished at the end of World War II.

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