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Article Published November 11, 2020

Pine Orchard Union Chapel Restoration Project Breaks Ground in Branford

By Pam Johnson/

On Oct. 19, local and state officials and many supporters gathered to celebrate breaking ground on the Pine Orchard Union Chapel project to restore the historic wooden chapel built in 1897. Members of the Union Chapel board, Fundraising Committee, Building Committee joined in with speakers and other guests to set several spades to work outside the building.

The cost for the $700,000 project is being supported with over $400,000 in donations from local residents and a $100,000 grant from the State's Historic Restoration Fund and State Historic Tax Credits (to be purchased by Eversource), according to information supplied by the Chapel Association. The effort includes more than 30 active volunteers and close to 100 donors.