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Beginning at 2 p.m., Gallatin Community Church began its celebration of joining the National Historic Register with a concert held inside the church. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle​

Gallatin Community Church: Celebrating inclusion on National Historic Register

GALLATIN — The spirited history of the Gallatin Community Church (formerly known as the Gallatin Reformed Church) came to light on Sunday, Oct. 3, as its parishioners and community members were invited to join together in celebration of the church’s inclusion in the National Historic Register.

As a light autumn rainfall dripped down outside, the church, located at 234 Route 7 in Gallatin, welcomed a full house of familiar faces at 2 p.m. — all of whom practiced social distancing in order to celebrate safely. 

The celebration commenced with a concert held inside the church, featuring a selection of hymns, American songs and speakers who spoke and performed as a tribute to the church. 

The music performed on piano, harp, violin and on the church’s 1873 pipe organ soared throughout the historic building, as did the voices in the choir and those of the speakers who shared stories of the fabled church. 

Parishioners said they were proud to take part in this historic moment for their church, sharing either family histories or local lore tied into its larger life.

Following the concert, guests were invited over to the fellowship building next door to continue the church’s celebration over a hot meal with friends, new and old alike.

— Kaitlin Lyle

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