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Cornish Reclaims Church

Cornish, New Hampshire - March 10, 2009

An historic church in Cornish, N.H., will once again be owned by the town.

The ex-wife of the man who called himself Clark Rockefeller has offered to give historic Trinity Church back to the town. The couple used to live in Cornish and bought the Church when the town needed money for a new police station. At the town's annual meeting Tuesday afternoon, residents of Cornish voted to accept the gift and will rent the church out for community events.

"In the past it has been used for weddings, funerals and also church services by the Episcopal Church. And what we are hoping to do is take some of those monies that are raised through usage, and create a fund for maintenance, repair, and upkeep," Cornish Selectman John Hammond said.

The Trinity Church is the oldest Episcopal church in New Hampshire. Town officials say it is in excellent condition and will require little upkeep.

Rockefeller turned out to be a fraud and is in custody facing charges for kidnapping his daughter during a custody dispute.

Adam Sullivan - WCAX News

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