Renovations underway at Deep River Church


September 1, 2022

The historic Deep River Church is getting a new steeple and other renovations. Photo by Karen Bertroch.

Eva Malerich and Krist Novoselic are leading a major renovation project of the historic Deep River Church.

It's a major project with windows sent out to be redone, rotted outside wall boards being replaced, the steeple being totally rebuilt, the building being painted and more.

The goal is to have the work done and the church ready for the Christmas concert.

The Deep River Church is on the National Historic Register, as is the Grays River Covered Bridge. Western Wahkiakum County is honored to have these historic structures recognized in this way. The church has lived over 110 years in this wet climate, which makes it a challenge for our communities to maintain.

It was built from old growth timber, including cedar and fir, and it was built as a replica of a church "back home" in Finland. It is still heated with a wood stove.

Many weddings and funerals have been held there over the years.

The Grays River Grange has more information at: People wishing to donate to the project may visit this site: There are photos at these sites, so one can see the good work being done on our beloved "church in the wildwood."


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