Dec 26, 2013 9:43 AM by AP (MGN Online)
For the Louisiana Church of Abita Springs, a Christmas present rolled into town last week on a flatbed trailer - albeit, in pieces.
The Times-Picayune reports massive, ageless beams, clapboard walls, stained glass windows and hand-crafted wood artifacts were unloaded onto an empty lot on Main Street. That material will become a house of worship for the Baptist congregation and one of the oldest churches on Lake Pontchartrain's north shore.
What was once the All Saints Anglican Church in Granville Centre, Nova Scotia, where it was built 200 years ago, was disassembled board-by-board in 2009 after the Abita Springs church purchased the structure.
It was stored in Canada for nearly four years before being trucked 2,200 miles to the small western St. Tammany Parish town one week before Christmas.