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See the highs and lows of historic Albion church

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – If you were wondering what the bell tower looks like inside the tallest steeple in Orleans County, the top photo gives you a look.

You have to climb up the steps to get a closer view, and I wasn’t up for it today.

Bill Diehl, a member of the Albion Rotary Club and one of the caretakers of the First Presbyterian Church in Albion, gave Bruce Landis and me a tour of the bell tower this afternoon.

Bruce couldn’t resist tugging the rope and making the bell ring.

(File photo) The church was built in 1874 and at 175 feet high, it’s the tallest building in the county. It’s one of seven churches on the Courthouse Square, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Diehl also gave us a quick tour of the basement. There are some old signs and furniture down there, and some tools for working on many projects to maintain the building.