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Lowell in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

St. Anne's Church

 
 
St. Anne's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
1. St. Anne's Church Marker
Inscription.  Shortly after the Merrimac Mills opened in 1823, the owners built this church to help attract young women workers from rural New England villages, and farms.

Mill agent Kirk Boott oversaw the church's construction. Its Gothic style was derived from the English churches of his youth. Workers used stones dug from the Merrimack Canal to build its walls.

An Episcopalian, Boott ignored that most of the workers were Congregationalists or Baptists and hired a young clergymen of this faith-Theodore Edson.

Reverend Edson led the Lowell School Committee in a successful battle to increase spending for public schools. In a dramatic confrontation at Town Meetings in 1832 Edson prevailed over Boott and the textile corporation interests.

(Inscription over the church photo)
The church rose close to the oldest corporation and seemed a part of it...like a leaf out of an English story-book.

(Inscription under the photo)
St. Anne's Church, 1825
 
Erected by Lowell National Historic Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion
St. Anne's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
2. St. Anne's Church Marker
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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1823.
 
Location. 42° 38.783′ N, 71° 18.7′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Merrimack Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lowell MA 01852, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Irish Labor (within shouting distance of this marker); Debating Slavery (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Railroads In New England (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Wentworth Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); George L. Duncan Dedication Plaza and Fountain (about 300 feet away); Merrimack St. Depot (about 300 feet away); Street of Lightning (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
 
St. Anne's Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, May 25, 2013
3. St. Anne's Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on June 2, 2017, by Glenn Peters of Billerica, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 29, 2022