St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Kennebunkport, ca. 1900


The cornerstone of St. Ann's Episcopal Church was laid on August 22, 1887 on a site donated by the Kennebunkport Seashore Company.

The church was consecrated by the Rt. Rev. Henry Adams Neely, Bishop of Maine on August 24, 1892, and has been in continuous use as a summer chapel since that date. It is one of 18 historic summer chapels in the Diocese of Maine.

Several building sites were proposed and there was discussion early on about a wooden structure. However, the gift of land by the Kennebunkport Seashore Company carried with it the rights to gather and use the stones at hand for construction, making construction of a stone chapel feasible.

The large sea-washed stones were hoisted and dragged to the church site during the winter of 1886-1887, and work on the building was begun May 27, 1887. Both interior and exterior walls are of this local stone.

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