Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1847, St. Marys

Though built as a bank circa 1840, this structure is associated almost exclusively with Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church and the purpose it took on after 1847. Carol Lang writes: Louis DuFour was born in Dunkirk, France and Marie Ponce was born in St. Augustine – her family originally from Menorca, Spain. They were married in St. Augustine circa 1807 and moved from there to St. Mary’s. Louis died in 1847, and in that same year Marie Ponce DuFour bought the bank building and donated it to the Catholic Church. They were my 4th great grandparents.

It served the diocese until 1957, when a new church was built, but is still used for special services. The steeple was added during the 1952-54 renovation or at some time thereafter.

St. Marys Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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