Golf club owners purchase former Burrillville Methodist church


BURRILLVILLE – The couple who owns Crystal Lake Golf Club has purchased the property that once held Burrillville United Methodist Church with plans to restore the structure and use a house on the lot as a rental property.

The church, built in 1893, has operated under a number of names over the years including the Methodist Episcopal Church of Glendale, Glendale Methodist Church and Burrillville United Methodist Church.

The property has been vacant since 2016, and was owned by the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church based in Methuen, Mass.

Kevin and Cindy Bliss of Mapleville purchase two adjoining lots holding the former church and a small house for $102,000 on Tuesday, Oct. 1

The Joslin Road property consists of two buildings sitting on roughly two acres of land. The house was built in 1930 and like the church, is in need of extensive renovation. The church property was appraised at $394,100 last year and the second lot at $251,700.

Cindy Bliss said her husband plans to use structurally secure the church building and use it for overflow storage from the golf course, and to remodel the two-story house.  

“We have a lot of equipment and stuff to hold on to,” she said. 

The church last operated under direction of Pastors Rebecca and James Lambert.

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