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Cobblestone Church becoming more popular for weddings

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 July 2016 at 11:00 am

GAINES – The former Beth Stella and her husband Dave Griffith walk out of the Cobblestone Universalist Church this afternoon after their wedding at the historic site on Route 104.

Their wedding is one of six at the church this year. There were seven at the Cobblestone Church last year. The Cobblestone Museum is seeing increased interest from couples in using the church for weddings.

“All denominations are welcome,” said Sue Bonafini, the volunteer coordinator and wedding coordinator for the Cobblestone Museum. “This is a place where you can go and have a pastor come in in a religious setting.”

The sanctuary of the church, built in 1834, was decorated in a World War II/USO theme for the wedding. Both Stella and Griffith are historical buffs.

“We wanted a place with a lot of history,” Griffith said before the wedding today. “It’s a beautiful place.”

The weddings draw a crowd to the museum, and also raise needed funds for the museum’s operational and maintenance costs. The museum charges $400 to rent the church, and that includes for a rehearsal and the wedding.

“People like the intimate space in the sanctuary,” Bonafini said. “People are ‘oohing and aahing’ over the space itself.”

Beth Stella heads into the church this afternoon for her wedding. The church is part of a museum complex that is a National Historic Landmark. The church is the oldest cobblestone church in North America.

Many of the couples that get married at the Cobblestone Church will then have their reception at Tillman’s Village Inn.

The church is available for weddings between May 1 and Oct. 31. For more information, click here.