St. John the Evangelist Church, Pembroke Maine LbNA # 30870
|Placed Date||May 13 2007|
Directions: From Route 1 take the turn, Ayers Junction Road, opposite Route 214, that runs to the right of the post office. At the next intersection take a left onto Old County Road. Follow Old County Road until you see a large sign for St. John the Evangelist Church. Take the right hand turn and shortly you'll see a smaller sign for the church indicating a right hand turn into the parking lot.
The St. John the Evangelist Church community was founded by Irish immigrants from Rathlin Island in the northwest of the country. They came to Pembroke to work in the Ironworks, at the time, the town's largest employer. Hard documentary evidence is elusive, but a local history states the first services of the Catholic Church were held regularly in a building at Iron Works Hill. This property was purchased in 1853. The history of the Archdiocese of Boston notes that "at Pembroke a store was bought and converted into a church about February 1854". It would seem that the store/church was meant to be temporary as the present site of the church was also purchased in 1853. The first burial in the adjoining cemetery was in September of 1853.
Walk into the cemetery in a NW direction with the church on your right. Look for the headstone of Bridget Morgan resting peacefully under a large pine tree on your right. Looking across the cemetery, at 220 degrees, you'll notice a grouping of the four tallest pine trees. At the base of the trees look for the headstone of Timothy Fahey. As you walk across the cemetery note the headstones and origins of the many Irish immigrants buried here.
Facing the headstone of Timothy Fahey look to your left for two headstones sitting on top of a small knoll overlooking the Pennamaquan River. Find the headstone of William O'Malley and with the river on your right walk along in the direction of 160 degrees looking for a double trunked oak. The box will be found there.