Though I’m unable to confirm it at this time, I believe this was originally a theatre. Since 1986, it has been home to the Gibson Lodge No. 257, F. & A. M.
Tag Archives: North Georgia Fraternal Lodges
Built by Martin Kolb, the Brick Store is one of the oldest documented stores (perhaps the oldest) standing in Georgia. Kolb was among the earliest white settlers of Newton County. It stands in what was once the community of Winton and before the growth of nearby Newtonsboro (now Covington), was a center of activity in Newton County. The first session of the Newton County Superior Court met at the Brick Store on 15 April 1822. The store twice served the community as a post office (1851-1866 & 1887-1906). Peter Knox, who owned the store from 1861-1882, was a member of the International Order of Good Templars (IOGT), a temperance organization. Between 1879 and 1884, the store also served as the meeting hall for the IOGT, known as Brick Store Lodge No. 479. The store remained in business for 114 years, closing in 1935.
National Register of Historic Places
The LaFayette Masonic Lodge No. 23, F. & A. M. (Columbian Chapter No. 136 RAM) was chartered in 1842. The lodge appears to have been built as a church, though I’ve seen photographs from the early 1930s that indicate it’s been a lodge for nearly a century, at least. The old light globes on the front porch are something rarely seen anymore.
From 1891-1995, the second floor of this served as the home of the Philomather Lodge #25, Free & Accepted Masons. The first floor served as the Harris-Allen Library from 1891-1969. It’s now known as the Bozeman Building and is owned by the United Methodist Church.
Elberton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
Monticello has a very inviting courthouse square, with beautiful commercial architecture surrounding a people-friendly park. One of the standouts to me is the Jasper Lodge No. 50 F & AM, or the Masonic Lodge.
Typical turn-of-the-century commercial architecture is still in regular use.
Take some time to walk around the square and check it out.
Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
I had an interesting conversation with an 85-year-old resident who had returned to Hillsboro after spending much of his career working on fishing boats on the Georgia coast; he noted that this was the Masonic lodge, but throughout its history had also served as a general store, and as the signage indicates, more recently a barbecue restaurant. I would guess it was built in the 1880s or 1890s but I’m not sure.