St. Mary Chapel, Shawneetown


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1814*: Shawneetown was a boom town and called the "Gateway to the West."

1819: Irish settlers begin arriving.

1824: The first Mass was said by Father Elisha Durbin of Kentucky.

1847: The first resident pastor, Father J. A. Drew, arrives

1940: Much of the town is moved following the flood of 1937.

1962: A new St. Mary Church is built in New Shawneetown.

*This brief history is taken from A Time of Favor: The Story of the Catholic Family of Southern Illinois by Betty Burnett.