OAKHURST, Calif. (KMPH) -
The Little Church On The Hill in Oakhurst will celebrate its 120th birthday in June and soon it will get a face lift on one side of the building. Right now that's all volunteers can afford. The historic church sits high on a hill just off Highway 41 in the middle of Oakhurst. It was built in 1894 on Chapel Hill but 63 years later it was moved 3/10's of a mile to protect it from vandalism.
The exterior siding is made from sugar pine. It doesn't hold up well in the mountain climate and redheaded woodpeckers find it tasty.
Michael Costa is helping to raise money for the restoration. "Everyone sees this and they think it's pure and pristine but when you get close to it you see the woodpecker holes and all the rotting wood."
Members of Save The Little Church have tried to receive grant money but they say most money for restoration has dried up. Inside the church you will find beautiful stained glass windows installed in 1998. Seating is limited as there are only five pews on each side of the church.
But it is outside that needs the work. Due to limited funds it is one side at a time. Doug Reynolds is the general contractor who has been hired for the job. "Redo the side and put in new window frames for the stained glass windows and just improve it so that it will last a little longer." Reynolds says the new side will repel woodpeckers.
The Little Church On The Hill held its last worship service in 1953 but it still hosts funerals and holiday event.
If you would like to donate to the restoration fund go to SaveTheLittleChurch.org
for more information.