119-year-old time capsule found in former Hilton United Methodist Church in Maplewood

Maplewood officials made an unusual discovery in the remnants of a former town church - a 119-year-old time capsule.



The time capsule was found during the demolition of the former Hilton United Methodist Church. It was found in the cornerstone of the building.



Town officials opened the capsule this past weekend. Inside they found six coins, a photograph of the church, a list of parishioners and a copy of the Newark Evening News dated July 8, 1898.



One of the headlines on the newspaper was an update on the latest in the Spanish-American War.



Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca says it was a very important discovery for the town.



"When we opened it up and I saw the newspapers from 1898 and started looking at it and realized I had history in my hands, that was when it sunk home," he says.



The church was demolished a year ago to make room for an apartment building. The developer of the site had the cornerstone in storage for a year before getting the time capsule opened.


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