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Photos: Inside the Historic First United Methodist Church

Covington is blessed with a large congregation of beautiful churches, and one sits at the corner of Fifth and Greenup Streets in Licking Riverside.

The First United Methodist Church no longer hosts a congregation of its own (it joined another church in the suburbs) but will soon have a new life as part of the Gareway Community & Technical College Urban Metropolitan Campus.

The college purchased the property last year though what it will specifically do with it is not yet known.

The structure, which suffered at least two damaging fires and one significant weather calamity, dates to the nineteenth century. Jesse Grant, father of President Ulysses S. Grant, was a member of the church and when he died in 1873, the President attended his funeral here.

The River City News got a tour of the structure this week and shares with you these photos:

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The Parish House:

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The sanctuary:

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The kitchen/gym

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