VINLAND, Kan. — Shareholders who worked to save and restore a 138-year-old church just south of Lawrence have put the property on the market.

The Lawrence Journal-World ( ) reports that Stephens Real Estate held an open house Saturday for the Vinland Presbyterian Church, which is listed at $249,000.

The 17 shareholders of Vinland Preservation LLC bought the property in 2001 with the goal of saving the neglected church. The group managed to secure the church’s place on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 and leveraged about $120,000 in preservation grants.

The grants helped to rebuild the crumbling foundation, strengthen the roof, reconstruct arched windows and repair the steeple, among others.

Shareholder Stan Lawson says the ideal buyer would be an artist or craftsman with an interest in historical preservation.

Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World,

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