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Other than a few leftovers, I think I’ve exhausted the doors from the Cheney Brother’s Silk Mills. However, before taking the easy way out and serving you those leftovers, I thought I’d finish with some official-like doors. Today’s gallery includes Manchester government buildings, town supported buildings and a church.
There is an interesting Cheney Brothers connection with the church in the gallery. Today, this is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. In the 1860s, it was a Roman Catholic church. As the silk business was beginning to boom, the Cheney Brothers hired many immigrant workers from England and Ireland. The Irish workers settled in the south end of town, near the only Roman Catholic church in Manchester at the time. Most of these people walked to work, but it was a hike. The Cheney Brothers build a 2.2 mi (4 km) railroad, to connect with the railroad going through Manchester, on which their employees could travel. Still, they would prefer if the employees could live closer to the mill district. They donated the land on which St. Mary’s was built, in order to encourage future Irish immigrants to live in the mill district.
I’ll let the captions explain what I know about these buildings (there isn’t much), because I have two announcements.
First, the Thursday Doors Writing Challenge is going well. As of yesterday, we had twelve entries, and they are all quite good. There are still almost two weeks remaining in the challenge, so you have plenty of time to cook up a story, or a poem, or whatever you like as an entry. I will say that it seems like this challenge is a good place to have your writing seen. On Sunday, between the doors from last week and the writing entries WordPress recorded just under 200 clicks on the links on that page.
Second, I want to remind you that there will be no Thursday Doors on Thursday June 2nd, and no Recap on June 5th.
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