Manhattan's oldest church is getting ready to celebrate its 250-year history, which includes worshippers ranging from George Washington to those who searched for victims following the Sept. 11 attacks.

St. Paul's Chapel in lower Manhattan is best known today as the "Little Church that Stood," having survived unscathed as the World Trade Center towers came down across the street.

A monthslong interior renovation of the Episcopal sanctuary will be unveiled on its anniversary date Oct. 30, along with a "9/11 Chapel of Remembrance" area that contains artifacts of the attacks.

Tuesday, a weather-resistant statue of St. Paul was to be lowered by crane to a spot outside the chapel where the original had stood. The original has been restored and will be moved inside and unveiled on the anniversary date.