At Christmas time last year, a flatbed trailer rolled into western St. Tammany Parish carrying the past of Nova Scotia and the future of the Louisiana Church of Abita Springs. Aboard the trailer was a 200-year-old sanctuary – in hundreds of pieces.
For the past year, members of the Baptist congregation have labored to put the church back together so that it could become their new house of worship. They have done so in meticulous, time-consuming fashion so as not to damage a religious relic whose massive wooden beams are now believed to have been part of a 1700s French fort before they were used to stabilize the church in Nova Scotia. read more