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1923 cornerstone box from tornado-damaged church to be opened

1923 cornerstone box from tornado-damaged church to be opened
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By West Kentucky Star Staff
Jan. 12, 2022 | UNION CITY
By West Kentucky Star Staff Jan. 12, 2022 | 02:32 PM | UNION CITY
A copper cornerstone box was discovered recently during demolition of the Dresden First United Methodist Church . The church, which had stood on the same spot since the land was purchased for it in 1833, suffered major damage during the December tornado. 

The box was found in a portion of the building that had been dedicated in 1923. Most of the current members were unaware of the box. Demolition was paused and the box was taken to Discovery Park of America in Union City.

The box will be opened sometime in the next few weeks.

Research by Discovery Parks of America uncovered a story in the Dresden Enterprise from 1923 documenting the dedication and the placement of the box. The story said the box contained a history of the church, church newspapers, church membership roll, hymnals, and copies of the Dresden Enterprise. 

If any of the artifacts remain, Discovery Parks of America will display them for a period of time on loan from the church.


The Dresden First United Methodist Church is in the process of determining when and where to rebuild. They have a GoFundMe set up under the title "Dresden FUMC Rebuilding Effort." Checks can be mailed for their building fund, as well, to:

Bldg & Renovation Fund
Dresden First United Methodist Church
411 Morrow St.
Dresden, TN 38225
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