GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A Marshall County church owns a historic home in dire need of repair and is looking to the community to help save it. The church says if you can take it, you can have it.
Next to the First Baptist Church of Guntersville is a home that has overlooked the same view of Gunter Avenue for decades. It's changed hands a few times and saw the world change, too.
The church owns it now, and has rented it out in the past to families, but the historic home has fallen into immense disrepair.
"We realized it was going to take a lot of money, an enormous amount of money, to continue to provide a safe living environment for any family," explains Pastor Joel Samuels.
Samuels says they want to see the home saved and repaired, but those repairs are too costly for the church to take on.
"We're not in the rental business. As a church, that's not our purpose, that's not our focus," Samuels said.
The church is opening it up to anyone who can take it. "If they want to take the house, we're not charging anything for the house," Samuels said. "If anybody wants the house, they can have the house for free and they can then take it, move it to wherever they would like to move it."
The church doesn't want to see the home torn down, and would like to see it restored, but they need the community's help. "We would love for somebody to take the house and to do what they want with it, to take it somewhere, to set it up and for it to continue to be a historic landmark here in Guntersville."
Or, somewhere it can be enjoyed, as it always has been.
If you have any questions about the home, call First Baptist Church of Guntersville at (256) 582-5141.