Friday, March 1, 2019

More than a century and a half later, it's still a "pipe" dream

From Central Gulf Coast-

Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola first opened its doors in 1837.

The wooden church was pre-constructed in White Plains, New York, taken back apart, shipped down by boat, and put back together again. Its charm on the outside may only be outdone by its grandeur on the inside.

But the church’s pride and joy makes its home off to the right, an 1859 Erben “Tracker” model pipe organ.

"It’s [the pipe organ] easy for me to play,” said Ina Meyer, the church's organist. “They don't make organs like this anymore. I mean unless you spend a lot of money.”

Meyer began playing a different organ at the church in the 1960s, a Pilcher model, which replaced the Erben.

“They put it [the Erben] up in the balcony and it just stayed up there for years,” said Meyer.
The Erben sat idly by in the church’s balcony looking down with envy as the Pilcher stole the limelight for more than 50 years beginning in 1921. But in the mid-1970s, church leaders decided for historical reasons the Erben had to return to its rightful place at the front of the church’s sanctuary.

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