The future of a unique Claremont church is unclear after the 87-year-old building was sold earlier this week to a resident of the city. City officials confirmed yesterday that the First United Methodist Church – also known as the “Old Stone Church” – was sold to Claremont resident Laurie Hillebrand on Tuesday, with the Sullivan County Registry of Deeds recording the transaction Wednesday.
The building – located on 27 Sullivan Street – was sold for $250,000 dollars, which is significantly less than the building’s last appraised value of about $340,000 dollars determined in 2014.
Church member Priscilla Hull announced the sale in a Facebook post, saying “the sale allows us to move forward with our work of mission and discipleship.” Members of the church will now meet at a nearby church on Old Church Road.
It was not immediately known what Hillebrand’s plans for the building were, though out-going city manager Guy Santagate told the Eagle Times the sale is a very good sign for the city’s economic development.