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Nacogdoches’ Zion Hill Baptist Church ‘a beacon’ to community as it undergoes renovation

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Published: Jun. 6, 2022 at 3:23 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2022 at 7:25 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Renovation on the historic Zion Hill Baptist Church in Nacogdoches is nearing completion. There is no current date yet set, but Nacogdoches Historic Site Manager Veronica Amoe says it is getting closer and closer every week as contractors finish installing improvements.

“We have done a lot of restoration on the interior,” said Amoe “Just replacing rotten wood and any termite damage we find. On the basement, they have added plumbing and electrical and they just added a sprinkler system.”

The city took into account the 2021 winter freeze and made the sprinkler a dry system to avoid any damage from burst pipes. But even with the modern upgrades, the city said they are keeping the church as period accurate as possible. Specialty, period-accurate windows had to be bought from a manufacturer in Austin, for instance. Amoe says the church is important to the community.

“I met with people that had been baptized in the church,” said Amoe. “Who sang in the choir at the church and it was really inspirational and it kind of motivates us to get it back open to the community so that it can be a beacon once more.”

There is a wide ranging plan for use of the space after completion. Amoe says it will be a designated historical site and museum, but it will also have the ability to host city events, concerts, speaking series, and showings of classic movies

“We are going to make it available as a venue so it will be able to be rented for reunions, weddings, any type of event people want to use it for,” said Amoe. “So that is our hope is just to make it available and open to the community.”

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