Tag Archives: North Georgia Fraternal Lodges

Theatre, Gibson

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.

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Brick Store, 1821, Newton County

the brick store newton county ga photograph copyright brian bown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

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

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LaFayette Masonic Lodge, Washington

Washington GA Lafayette Lodge Masonic Hall Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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.

Washington GA Lafayette Lodge Masonic Hall Light Globes Cyphers Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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Philomather Lodge #25, 1891, Elberton

Historic Elberton GA Philomather Lodge 25 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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

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Commercial Storefronts, Monticello

Monticello GA Downtown Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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.

Monticello GA Jasper Lodge Masonic Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Typical turn-of-the-century commercial architecture is still in regular use.

Monticello GA Restored Commercial Block Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Take some time to walk around the square and check it out.

Monticello GA Government Complex Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Monticello Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Hillsboro Masonic Lodge

Hillsboro Masonic Lodge Jasper County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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.

Hillsboro GA Jasper County Masonic Lodge Store Barbeque Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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Woodmen of the World Lodge 358, Round Oak

Round Oak GA Jones County Woodmen of the World Lodge 358 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This camp dates to 1907 and the building is likely contemporary to that date.  Jones County History & Heritage Newsletter (Fall 2003) notes that dances were held upstairs during the 1920s.

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