Sometimes, you don’t know what you had until its gone

EAST HAVEN — Sometimes, you don’t know what you had until its gone. Luckily, that won’t be the case for a chapel in East Haven as restoration efforts are underway to help preserve a piece of the town’s history. It’s a mission built on a simple concept: Preservation, Recreation and Celebration, said Bruce Lindsay. He and his partner Anna Cronin bought the church in 2020 which sits on VT Rte 114 and has since 1876. “[We] decided to purchase the church as a connection to Vermont’s past and appreciation for the traditional Vermont landscape,” Lindsay said. The space will be used for art, music, events, family gatherings, weddings, parties, continuing education and meetings. First, restoration efforts have to be made. Work has already begun, with the painting of interior walls, exterior painting, patching old plaster, replacing carpeting, exterminating, and removing an outdated furnace.