The cornerstone of St. Anne’s was laid May 20, 1824 based on plans drawn by Mr. Boott similar in design to St. Michael’s Church in Derby, England, where he had been married. The church was consecrated March 16, 1825 by the Rt. Rev. Alexander Viets Griswold. St. Anne’s was the first building dedicated to religious worship in the section of Chelmsford that later became Lowell, and, as far as is known at this time, was the first church to be established and supported by a manufacturing company rather than a group of worshipers. My daughter was baptized in this church in 1980.