“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lamar in Aransas County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Stella Maris Chapel

Stella Maris Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Norman Frank, March 19, 2012
1. Stella Maris Chapel Marker
Inscription. Irish immigrant James W. Byrne (1787 – 1865), a veteran of the Texas Revolution, was an early settler of this area. He established the town of Lamar and with his wife Harriet, sold land on Aransas Bay to the Catholic Church for a chapel site. Byrne engaged a French architect to design the structure, which was completed in 1858. Called Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) Chapel, it was built of shellcrete, a shell-aggregate masonry. An important link with the area’s early Roman Catholic Heritage, the chapel was moved to this site in 1986.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5103.)
Location. 28° 8.581′ N, 96° 59.323′ W. Marker is in Lamar, Texas, in Aransas County. Marker can be reached from Hagy Drive 0.1 miles east of Charlotte Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. The chapel is north of the Fire Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 Hagy Dr, Rockport TX 78382, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lamar Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); John Fagan (within shouting distance of
Stella Maris Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Norman Frank, March 19, 2012
2. Stella Maris Chapel
this marker); Site of the Town of Lamar (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mills Wharf (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of One of the Homes of James Power (approx. 3.4 miles away); Aransas County Airport (approx. 5 miles away); Fulton Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away); Fulton Packeries (approx. 6.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lamar.
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