Tag Archives: North Georgia Fraternal Lodges

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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Joe White Store, Circa 1900, Round Oak

This was built as a general store by Joe White to replace the original which burned after a steam engine caught fire on the adjacent railroad tracks. It is best known today as Woodmen of the World Lodge 358. The lodge was organized around 1907 and likely occupied the upper floor of the store by the 1920s.

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Masonic Lodge, Sparta

Masonic Lodge Sparta GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Masonic Temple of Benevolent Lodge No. 3, F. & A. M., 1834, Milledgeville

Milledgeville GA Baldwin County Masonic Lodge Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Though not individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Masonic Lodge in Millegeville was considered by architectural historian John Linley to be of “national importance” The cornerstone was laid on 25 June 1832 by R. W. Samuel Rockwell, William Davis, Thomas Greene, E. H. Pierce, P. Wright, John Miller, Drury Murphy, John Mitchell, and William Hill. Upon its dedication on 24 June 1834, Judge L. L. Harris was the first Worshipful Master.  It’s the oldest such lodge in continuous usage in Georgia, and was designed by the preeminent Milledgeville architect John Marlor (Marler). It was garrisoned by Union troops and served as the home of the Freedmen’s Bureau during the Reconstruction era.

Milledgeville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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Loftin Lodge No. 688, Ephesus

Ephesus GA Heard County Loftin Lodge No 688 Free Accepted Masons Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

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Franklin Lodge No. 11, Warrenton

Warrenton GA Warren County Masonic Lodge F&AM Hall Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Downtown Warrenton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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