Thursday doors


Welcome to the front door of St. Mary’s Church, Dover, New Hampshire.

Church plate

Dover was settled in 1623 by brothers William and Edward Hilton, London fishmongers, making it the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire and the seventh oldest in the United States.

St. Mary’s is a little shy of 200 years old and the front door could use some scraping and a new coat of paint, but she definitely has history and character. A few years back, St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s were  combined into the Parish of the Assumption while St. Charles’ Church was closed.

This is my second year volunteering with a gardening friend to tend the various containers and gardens at St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s.

There is never a work day when people don’t stop to talk to us. We always exchange a smile and a few words and every time I remember “…Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

When your personal passion is gardening, helping to maintain gardens that are dedicated to a higher being is not hard on the body and is definitely soothing to the soul.

Have a great Thursday. 🙂

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors.


About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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18 Responses to Thursday doors

  1. Norm 2.0 says:

    Nice coincidence that we both went religious this week 🙂
    This one is beautiful Judy.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    You guys went religious and I turned to sinful tobacco 🙂 – these are beautiful doors and pretty close to as much history as we have in this country.


  3. The Bloomin' News says:

    Oh wow! I love learning about the history of our state. Seeing this wonderful Dover site will definitely be added to my bucket list. While there, I’ll check out the gardens you help maintain. Bravo!


  4. Sabina says:

    Church doors do have a way of being incredibly stunning. This one is lovely!


  5. Joyce says:

    The oldest churches are always the most beautiful, built, usually, at much sacrifice by hard working laborers determined to give their Lord a beautiful and lasting home….”whatever you did…you did for me.” The other bible message that occurs to me is the parable of the talents. You and your fellow laborers bury only seeds – not your gardening skills! Those are being returned to the master tenfold!


  6. So beautiful. I love the architecture of old churches. So majestic. I bet the gardens are (or will be) equally majestic, with you at the helm of caring for them! Share pictures once in bloom.

    (PS: I never got around to answering your question. My perennials vs. bulbs shows my gardening ignorance. They’re all bulbs of unknown sorts that grow tall and happy seeming, yet never flower. Old ones that were here when we moved in as well as new ones I planted the last few falls in hopes of spring flowers.) :-\

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  7. Very handsome doors. Churches have the best doors. In our town too.

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  8. Grandma Kc says:

    I love the door and what an interesting history behind it. It is so nice that you get to volunteer doing something you love so much. I bet everyone really appreciates your efforts.

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  9. That’s a great thing to volunteer for.


  10. A beautiful door and gardening story filled with spirit and love 🙂


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