Monday, March 12, 2007

Route 9 to Springfield cont.

At 27.7 m. is the plant of the Snell Manufacturing Company, the oldest auger and bit factory in the country. Tools manufactured here were used in building the U.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides); a new set of tools was presented to the Navy by the company when the old ship was refitted.

(L. Icon from St. Anne's Shrine)

In Fiskdale, 28.2 m., is the Shrine of Saint Anne, containing a relic of the saint brought here in 1892. Today clustered about her statue are canes, crutches and broken casts left by the afflicted who believe they have been restored to health by her gracious intercession. About a hill on the grounds are the 14 Stations of the Cross with 49 steps leading to a cross on the summit.

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