Wednesday, December 19, 2012

St. Mary's Catholic Church, Vicksburg, Mississippi

St. Mary's Catholic Church is at the corner of Main and 2nd North Streets, in the historic part of Vicksburg east of the Courthouse and south of Old Jackson Road.
As you can see, this building is relatively modern (1923). Did this structure replace an older church? Possibly a reader can provide information.
St. Mary's operates a large parish hall, which resembles an old hangar.
What interested me most about the property was the old rectory, an 1800s wood structure on a flat lot south of the church.  To me, it looks like an old schoolhouse, but the priest told me that the schoolhouse was demolished many years ago, and the white building was the rectory.
It is a handsome old building, and I wish they could restore it.
This is the view from the church property looking east along Jackson Street. Did the lower garden once have an orchard or vegetable garden? In the early 1900s, many schools grew their own food - how times have changed. Can you imagine a contemporary student working in the fields?

Update January 2018: the rectory has been demolished. I do not know the exact date. That is sad.

Photographs taken with a Panasonic G1 digital camera, tripod-mounted.


Anonymous said...

The lower property was a ball field. The high school, restrooms, and snack stand were up on the hill between the ball field and the grade school building and rectory.

Anonymous said...

Between the church and the rectory, was a blacktopped play ground, and the two-story brick grade school building. The grade school was next to the rectory. Across from the grade school, and to its left, was the high school building. The rest rooms were directly across from the grade school.

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