Celebrating the rebuilt Leigh Cottage

Leigh Cottage was housing our oldest boys on campus when it was destroyed in a fire in November 2007. Thankfully no one was hurt, and thanks to the outpouring of support from our friends, Leigh Cottage is now standing again.


On May 23, the UMCH community came together to dedicate the new building and celebrate the new beginning it represents for the youth who will soon move in to the cottage.


leigh cottage


Leigh Cottage is nearly complete.


Serving food to party-goers


Hanging out at Leigh celebration


Wild at Heart plays music


Wild at Heart played some great music for the crowd.


Crowd shot




Both DeKalb County and City of Decatur firefighters came to the celebration. A few of the firefighters were first responders the night of the Leigh Cottage fire.


Dr. Puckett addresses the crowd


Dr. Richard Puckett, Director of PR & Development at UMCH, thanks everyone for their help in getting the cottage rebuilt.


Former Leigh resident speaks


Kathy Gallagher Powell, former resident of Leigh Cottage, spoke about what life was like growing up in Leigh.


BOC cuts the ribbon


Mr. Cochran, UMCH’s administrator, cuts the first ribbon.


A sneak peek at the inside of Leigh Cottage:


Thanks to the UMM, Leigh Cottage stands again


inside Leigh Cottage


Leigh Cottage kitchen


Looking out front door of Leigh Cottage


We are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated: clothes and personal items for the boys who lived in the cottage when the fire happened, money to rebuild, and time volunteering manual labor to rebuild the cottage. We especially thank GlenCastle Constructors and the United Methodist Men. Come back soon for more photos of the completed Leigh Cottage!