History of St. Anne’s

St. Anne’s congregation had its beginning with meetings held in Horton Hall, the second floor of a building on Main Street. On November 24, 1850, meetings moved to the present location on Church Street where the church hall stands. The church itself, a wood frame structure of Gothic architectural style, was begun shortly afterward, the cornerstone being placed on June 10, 1853. The plans for the church buildings were furnished by James Renwick, the architect for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and the original building of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Because of the fame of its architect and to its prominence among churches in the DownEast Area, St. Anne’s is listed in the National Registry of Historical Landmarks. The church was consecrated on May 11, 1854, and has been in continuous service ever since.

The parish facility includes the church with a seating capacity of 150, an electric organ, and the clock tower containing a four-face clock and bell. Due to vigorous fund-raising, generous donations, and many hours of volunteer work, the major restoration was completed in 2007 on portions of the church interior, the underpinnings, and the pinnacles on the clock tower.

In 2008 a new parish hall was completed that replaced the outdated, undersized, and rundown original hall. The Parish Hall now includes a modern kitchen, offices, classrooms, bathrooms, a modern, energy-efficient heating system, a Sacristy, and a choir room.

In 2010 the clock in the church tower was completely restored by David Graf of Portland, ME. It had not been working for more than twenty-five years. Today it keeps accurate time, thanks to Geoff Maker and other volunteers who made this all possible as well as a benefactor who provided the funds.

During its 159 years, twenty-five priests served the parish. Currently, we are searching for a new priest.

St. Anne’s also owns and maintains a rectory. This is a ten-room, colonial style, wood frame house that includes a two-car, detached garage and is situated on a spacious lot on Lafayette Street in a residential neighborhood of the city. It is adjacent to Memorial Park and is located just four blocks from the church.