The Town of Middleburg is seeking formal proposals for the preservation, restoration and reuse of the Historic Asbury Church, according to town officials.
The town currently owns the property — the oldest standing church in Middleburg, dating back to 1829 — and has invested more than $174,000 into the stabilization of the structure. Middleburg officials hope to transfer the property to a new owner who is both interested in and capable of restoring, preserving and maintaining the church.
Asbury Church has a long and diverse history. It was used as a storehouse, hospital and morgue during the Civil War, was transferred from a white Methodist congregation to an African-American Methodist Episcopal congregation in 1864, and it acted as a school for African-American children. The church was placed out of active use in 1994.
Proposals submitted must meet a list of goals and objectives and will be evaluated on a rating system, according to the town. Middleburg officials have not indicated a preferred sale price; the financial offer for the property will be considered as the lowest-rated criteria.
More information, including a copy of the Request for Proposals, can be found on the town’s website at middleburgva.gov. Proposals are due on Oct. 11.