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The Micah House and Chapel at the Thomas Hale Homestead


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The Micah House and Chapel at the Thomas Hale Homestead Update

November 2017


Thanksgiving is upon us – a traditional time when families, friends and strangers gather together to thank God for the many blessings in our lives. At First Church, we give thanks by celebrating the ongoing “work” of opening the doors of our hearts and love for one another and by building inclusive bridges that reflect the diversity found in the world today.


The Micah House and Chapel at The Thomas Hale Homestead is our congregation’s “work” that continues to amaze visitors, friends and congregation members!! George Fay, the project’s contractor, and his team have nearly completed the rebuilding of the exterior of the Hale House and the exterior shell of the new Micah Chapel. Here are some of the construction highlights:


•  Installation of a new foundation for the Hale House and Micah Chapel
•  Completion of the exterior framing and roofs for the Hale House and Micah Chapel
•  Installation of windows, siding and exterior trim
•  Restoration of the exterior chimney
•  Restoration of the three first floor fireplace hearths
•  Installation of rough framing for the interior partitions and stairs


The project is making a concerted effort to reclaim all materials from the Hale House in this project. For example, beautiful chestnut planks from the original exterior and interior sheathing for the house were salvaged and delivered to a local saw mill to be replaned (a process used to flatten, reduce the thickness and give a smooth surface to a rough piece of lumber) for the new chapel floor. All the fieldstone used for the original foundation has been sorted and will be used for various stone walls in the final landscaping. Also, where practical the contractor will reinstall all the trim, wall panels and doors from the Hale House, which are currently being stored in a trailer on site.


Over the next months, the construction team will install a new fire sprinkler, heating and cooling duct work, electrical and plumbing systems and insulation for the building. Once these items are installed, the finishing touches, sheet rock, trim and painting, will be initiated.


Just as a reminder, for safety’s sake, please don’t talk to the contractors as they work on the Micah House and Chapel. Everyone is excited and curious about the construction but distracting contractors from their work is a potential safety hazard! Please direct all questions to Jonathan Russell, Mick Gifford or Walt Briggs, who continue to provide hands-on financial and construction oversight. Estimates of sweat-equity cost savings to date exceed $60,000. People are asking – how can I help? Please contact Jonathan Russell at to learn of volunteer opportunities.


Take a moment to look outside when you are visiting church or attending Sunday worship services. Even better – check out the First Church live webcam at: which shows an up-to-the minute, live action view of the work towards revitalizing the historic Thomas Hale Homestead into the Micah House and Chapel. This project, dedicated to God, has captured the imagination of our beloved family of faith and the surrounding community. The Micah House and Chapel at the Thomas Hale Homestead is God’s miracle and will be a legacy that serves First Church today and for future generations!!


Photos October 2017






How You Can Help


If you would like to donate, please download, print, and return the Pledge Card to the church office or email Rebecca Fleahman at


For More Information


Click here for more photos.


Please download and view our Micah House and Chapel concept presentation.


Hartford Courant articles:

April 17, 2017: Restoring Historic Main Street Home An Upwardly Moving Experience

April 16, 2017: Rebirth of Thomas Hale House

November 16, 2016: Rebirth for One of Glastonbury's Oldest Main Street Houses


"God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" - Micah 6:8