Historic Job’s Temple, which was started prior to
the Civil War and finished afterwards, is being restored by a group of
volunteers in Gilmer County.
The church sits on a steep hillside, about four
miles from the Calhoun-Gilmer line, in the middle of a cemetery. This
presented quite a few problems, combined with the deterioration of the
logs and poor condition of the roof.
Job’s Temple Association is a determined group of
preservationists. It received a matching grant last year from the
Division of Culture and History for $32,500 to complete the first phase
of stabilizing the hillside and rebuilding the foundation and walls.
The next phase is to replace the roof and
supporting structure. A second grant of $19,000 was received, but it is
still short of the $45,000 bid for the work.
When the roof was removed, a 36-foot roof log was
rotten and needed to be replaced.
Contractor Frank Unger of Past Respects Historic
Preservation in Spencer found a tree on his farm that could be used. The
log was prepared according to rough-hewn methods used during the
Jason Youngblood, Jim Riggs and Paul Palmer use rough-hewn
methods to finish a 36-foot log used as a replacement in the roof of
The next obstacle was getting the log down a steep
grade from the parking lot without damaging tombstones. Because of the
weight and length of the log, it could not be carried.
Bob Maxwell, president of the group, and wife Allie
arranged for her brother, Tiff Hull of Goshen, Va., to bring his
Percheron draft team to handle the task. Hull uses the horses on his
farm for plowing and for wagon trains.
Unger and his crew of five men were aided by
volunteers. The work can be observed as you travel west on Rt. 5 toward
Glenville. A paved driveway turns left up the hill after the church is
Bob Maxwell, president of Job's Temple Association, and Frank Unger,
contractor, are shown with a type of broad axe used in the original
Contributions can be made
to Job’s Temple Association, Louella Stalnaker, Treasurer, 9
Lorentz Drive, Glenville, WV 26351.