The Coast / St. Marys

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church

106 E. Dillingham St.
St. Marys, GA 31558

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The chapel began as the Bank of St. Marys in 1840, however, after seven years the bank failed. Mrs. Marie Ponce Defour and her husband, Lewis, purchased the chapel for their church. Many parishioners were Acadians who came from Nova Scotia seeking religious freedom. A bell tower was added to the building, and the chapel was used until 1957 when a new, much larger church was built. This building is also believed to be the oldest standing masonary bank building in the State of Georgia.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:30AM
    Monday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
    Saturday: 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Free

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Free Admission

    Near Interstate Highway


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages