St. John of Jerusalem Chapel has been standing proudly at 500 Wantagh Ave., Levittown for the past 160 years. On Friday Aug. 19, it began the process of getting a facelift.
The chapel is the second-oldest church structure remaining in Wantagh and the surrounding communities. It is one of the few buildings still remaining from a time in which the Wantagh area was known as Jerusalem.
Built circa 1865, the building was originally the home of the German Methodist-Eposcopal Mission. Today, it remains virtually unchanged and stands amid the markers and greenery of a still operating graveyard known as the St. John of Jerusalem Cemetery.
Veteran Robert Wiebold, along with several other volunteers, have helped restore the church for the past 15 years. With the beginning construction of a newly restored roof, the chapel will eventually be turned into a historical museum.