The Oysterponds Historical Society and the Orient Association have been left in the lurch after the owners of Orient United Methodist Church decided to go with another buyer.
The landmarked 1836 building will be sold to John Wesley Village LLC, based in Riverhead.
The Southold Town Board approved a resolution Tuesday to endorse Oysterponds Historical Society’s application for a grant that would aid in its goal of purchasing the Orient United Methodist Church property on Village Lane. READ
The article in the June 15 Suffolk Times on the proposed deal between Oysterponds Historical Society and the Peconic Land Trust to “save” the Orient Methodist Church building raises many more questions than it answers. READ
Orient groups are continuing their efforts to purchase and preserve the Orient United Methodist Church building on Village Lane and are looking for support from Southold Town.
Oysterponds Historical Society vice president Ed Caufield and Orient Association president Bob Hanlon said Tuesday that one goal is to create a coalition between Suffolk County and the town, both of which have set aside funds for land preservation, so the town won’t bear the financial burden alone.
It was unusual: The pews at the recently shuttered Orient United Methodist Church were filled this past weekend. Rather than gathering for a sermon, however, locals flocked there Saturday morning to hear from the Oysterponds Historical Society and Orient Association about the building’s future.
As of July, North Fork United Methodist Church will have officially absorbed all four local congregations — Southold, Cutchogue, Greenport and Orient — into one regional church.
But what will happen to the historic church building Orient congregants will leave behind? READ