Stella Maris Chapel, Lamar, TX

An historic plaque erected at the chapel reads as follows:
Irish immigrant James W. Byrne (1787-1865), a veteran of the Texas Revolution, was an early settler of this area. He established the town of Lamar and, with his wife Harriet, sold land on Aransas Bay to the Catholic church for a chapel site. Byrne engaged a French architect to design the structure, which was completed in 1858. Called Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) Chapel, it was built of shellcrete, a shell-aggregate masonry. An important link with the area’s early Roman Catholic heritage, the chapel was moved to this site in 1986.

One of the photos from our visit in the Rockport, TX area.  Some technical information about the photograph. I used Nik Software’s Viveza 2 and Dfine 2 to rescue this photo.  Taken late in the afternoon, the original was somewhat underexposed.  For a first attempt with this sosftware , I think this turned out quite well.  Hope you like.

Rained cats and dogs here for most of today.  We took a run into Corpus Christi to check out a Barnes & Noble.  Roads in the campground are a muddy mess at the moment but things will dry up tomorrow, just in time for us to head for TT Colorado River on Thursday.