Historic St. Anne's
Historic St. Anne’s
Located on South Main Street in Anna, Illinois
Step into the past....
Anne’s church is nestled in the middle of a long block of
beautiful turn-of-the-century homes in the small town of Anna in
Southern Illinois. The diminutive church is important to our
community as a reminder of our past. The cornerstone is dated
can imagine candles or kerosene lamps illuminating the early
church, and horses and buggies waiting outside during the
services. You only have to step into the dark coolness of the
thick stone walls to hear and feel the stillness of the past.
This quaint little church which saw the streetcar passing by on
its way to the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro in the early
1900’s, has endured into its third century of watching Union
County residents pass by.
Reflections on the past....
article in “Outdoor Illinois” of March 1974 states “It is a
beautifully proportioned structure with walls of fieldstone laid
in irregular courses, pointed arches of finely cut stone over
the windows, and shingles in the gables.......The building is
certainly one of the finest small religious edifices in the
state and deserves careful preservation because of its
architectural and romantic—or nostalgic—qualities.” The
deep-welled windows, arched red front door, and round windows
high in the gables all add to the beauty of the church.
Left vacant in the 1970’s, the church fell into disrepair.
Through generous donations of time and money from the community
and a couple of small grants obtained through the efforts of
P.A.S.T., St. Anne’s has been restored and is once again a
prominent part of the community. It was listed on the National
Register of Historic Places in 2001.
A Special Place for Your Events.....
Anne’s is the perfect place for intimate events—such as small
weddings, renewal of vows, anniversary gatherings, baby showers
or christenings, receptions, art shows, recitals, and other
appropriate theatrical or musical events.
The heated and air-conditioned church provides flexible seating
for 100. A small kitchenette has recently been added in existing
space to make this building more usable to the public.
Fees: For larger events, a tax-deductible donation to P.A.S.T.
of $250.00, plus a $50.00 refundable deposit at the time of
rental. These funds are used for restoration and maintenance of
the building. Smaller events may be reserved at reduced rates.
Community groups are invited to use the building for a meeting
with just a small donation required to cover the cost of
For viewing the church or for more information, contact:
Elaine Crain 618-833-9441 or
Judy Smith 618-833-6989
Linda Hileman 618-833-8745 or
Note: A neutral back curtain is available if preferred
instead of the red.