Amenia church organ finds home in Tennessee

Brad Rule, of B. Rule & Company, displayed a handmade rail with 56 wooden levers, an assembly that transfers the mechanical movement of each organ key directly to the valve under the pipes. Photo courtesy of Brad Rule

AMENIA — It’s been nearly two years since its closure, but a piece of the United Presbyterian Church of Amenia will live on at the St. Paul Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tenn. That’s because the Amenia pipe organ was salvaged and moved south just last month.

Originally built in 1871 by George Jardine, the story behind the organ begins with the church’s need for a more powerful instrument due to high attendance at services. The church commissioned a new organ from Jardine that would be larger and louder for hymns than the original.

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