Heading southbound on Route 17 from Tappahannock, you can’t miss it.
On your right-hand side, you will see a team of men and women in hard hats and neon safety vests putting together a new landmark outside of the town.
They are not professional construction workers, but instead volunteer Jehovah’s Witnesses, who have gathered from across Virginia and are working together to build a Kingdom Hall for the local congregation.
The new building is replacing the former Kingdom Hall that was built in the 1950s and demolished in early September.
“It was felt that a newer building would be advantageous to the needs of the witnesses in the local area,” said Shawn Eagan, who assists with personnel on the site. “The building obviously needed to be updated after being around …for 50 years.”
Construction Overseer Jerry Fulcher agreed.
“It had just…served its purpose through the years and it no longer met handicap requirements,” said Fulcher, citing facilities such as the bathrooms that were “wore out” within the old building.
“It needed a new facelift and uplift,” said Fulcher. “Instead of doing that, we just [tore] the building down and built a whole, brand new building. “
To read the whole story, pick up a copy of the October 30 issue of the Northern Neck News, on stands now!