Monday, May 17, 2010

6. Did you know..............

This house used to be the rectory to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Roman Catholic Church on Hill Street and it is now a private residence on the northeast corner of Halsey Neck Lane and Meadowmere Lane. It is still wonderfully intact (except that its front porch is gone) and still has its original garage also. This structure was completed by the church in 1897 for a total cost of $4,315.46 (see photo below, from the Parish’s Archives, circa 1902). It was moved to Meadowmere Lane sometime in the 60s.

On the other (west) side of the framed Catholic Church in the 1902 photo, one can just barely make out a house (recent photo at bottom). This structure still survives also and was originally the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Frankenbach who was the Superintendant of the Meadow Club in the late 1800s, and later owned a florist business. When the church acquired that property circa 1925, the house became the church’s convent. It was also moved sometime in the 60s and has become another private residence located way down on Captain’s Neck Lane, the last house on the east side of the street, facing Taylor’s Creek.

I never would have known the story behind these houses merely by looking at the buildings or researching the property deeds, and am grateful to Laureen Donnelly, longtime neighbor to these two homes, for enlightening me, and who also gave me a great book about the history of the Sacred Hearts church published in 1996 upon its centennial anniversary.

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