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At an annual meeting of St. Paul's parish, Point Douglas, in 1863, a vote was taken to establish St. Mary's.
The bishop of Minnesota, H. B. Whipple gave the following consent: "I hereby give my consent to the organization of a parish in communion with the Protestant Episcopal Church in Basswood Grove, Minnesota." The date of the permission was April 16, 1863, in the middle of the Civil War.
A vestry meeting May 14th of the same year approved the purchase of 2.5 acres of land which belonged to Samuel Van Alstine. The vestry also resolved to build a church 24 feet by 30 feet with a chancel 10 feet by 12 feet. The first meetings of St. Mary's were held in the local schoolhouse. May 1864 witnessed the laying of the cornerstone by the bishop.
In 1927, the church resolved to incorporate a cemetery association in order to handle the affairs of the cemetery.
The task of the association is to allocate space and make sure that the cemetery is maintained in good condition. Owners of individual plots incur the responsibility to maintain markers. Some people buried in the cemetery were born in the Revolutionary War.
A memorial garden was incorporated into the cemetery in recent years. It has been used for services and is quite suitable for those who wish to meditate in this beautiful environment, where those who have gone before provide their enduring witness to the Christian faith.