Catholic Education in Phoebus and Fort MonroeThe story of Saint Mary Star of the Sea School goes back to 1858 when Chapel of the Centurion was built at Fort Monroe primarily for Protestant services. A group of officers—some of Irish extraction—requested that a Catholic church also be built. After negotiations among the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, the Army Corps of Engineers, and President Lincoln, an agreement was reached that kept the land in government hands while allowing free access for non-military parishioners. The first church, a wooden building, was dedicated in 1860 and was replaced by the present stone structure in 1903. Saint Mary's was the first Catholic parish on the Peninsula.
|Placed By||Bringing History to Life|
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|Date Added||Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 382688 N 4097419|
|Decimal Degrees||37.01563333, -76.31870000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 0.938', W 76° 19.122'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 0' 56.28" N, 76° 19' 7.32" W|
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|Area Code(s)||757, 804|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 329 VA-143, Hampton VA 23663, US|
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