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Group trying to preserve century old chapel

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - It is a piece of Pike County heritage overlooked by many for a long time.

The Snivley Chapel is believed to be the oldest chapel in the area.

It sits in the hills of Pike County, a hidden treasure rich in history.

The Snivley Chapel was built around 1895, but the property it sits on was deeded in 1853.

"When you begin to sing the songs here it's almost like you can sense the presence of saints that have gone on to be with the Lord," said Larry Penix, Pastor at Salem United Methodist Church.

The century old building is standing proud but needs some help, so a group from Salem United Methodist Church stepped forward.

"The ceiling we'd like to reinforce and the foundation, and do some painting, so we're not wanting to change the look of it. We just want to preserve it," said Sandy Penix, Chair of the Oversight Committee.

The folks on the Snivley Oversight Committee say it is the history in the walls that they really want to protect so they are currently working to get it on the National Historical Registers.

"We know it can't last forever but we hope to try to preserve it as long as we can. It's the heart of Methodism, United Methodism, in this area," said Ron Burchette, Oversight Committee Member.

Trying to preserve the history hidden in the hills.

If you want to help, donations can be made to the Snivley Chapel c/o Salem United Methodist Church, 111 Taylor Hill, Pikeville, KY 41501.

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