(Fox Lake) Thanks to the generosity of two former of Fox Lake residents, one of the oldest church buildings in Fox Lake got a much-needed power washing. Kathy Urban had grown up in the First Congregational United Church of Christ and had so many wonderful memories of her childhood church and Sunday School experiences, but noticed how badly her home church building was looking, and decided to contact Top Gun Pressure Cleaning of Beaver Dam for an estimate. Kathy was willing to donate the money needed to cover the cost of the cleaning, and Nicholas Posthuma, owner of Top Gun Pressure Cleaning, was willing to give a great discount so a very historical building in his home town could have its outside pressure cleaned.
The building was the original church building of the First Congregational Church and was built in 1855 and dedicated on January 12, 1856. The church, located at 206 S. College Avenue, served as the First Congregational United Church of Christ for 158 years before it dissolved and donated the building to the Fox Lake Historical Society. The Fox Lake Historical Society has named it Community Congregational Museum. The interior of the building has been left just as it was when the historical society inherited it in 2011. The building now contains a special Civil War display in the side dining hall and the historical society offers “Second Saturday Evening” programs during the months of February, March and April which are free and open to the public with post program refreshments being provided.
Pictured: Nicholas Posthuma has the pressured soapy water spraying on the back side of the Community Congregational Museum located at 206 South College Ave. in Fox Lake, Wisconsin.