Asbury Church Middleburg

Historic Asbury Church in Middleburg

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.

 

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