Tag Archives: South Georgia Fraternal Lodges

Masonic Lodge, 1946, Irwinton

The Masonic Lodge is also home to the Wilkinson County Post. Maebob’s Diner is located to the left of the building.

 

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Filed under --WILKINSON COUNTY GA--, Irwinton GA

Farmer-Powell House, 1905, Fitzgerald

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Though it’s best known as the Elks Lodge today, this is one of Fitzgerald’s oldest houses. It was built by local banker E. K. Farmer in 1905. Originally a wooden edifice, it was much smaller than it is today and had no columns. The wings were not part of the original, either. In 1918 the Powells purchased the property and remodeled it to look like FDR’s home, Springwood, in Hyde Park, New York, adding the brick, round portico, and side wings. The Fitzgerald Elks Club purchased the property sometime in the late 1950s and added a ballroom to the rear of the house. The present owners, Mark & Anna Oliver,  added a courtyard and carriage house across the drive which includes the tenth bedroom. Anna, who shared the history, writes: In the main house there are nine bedrooms, three baths upstairs and three half baths downstairs. Originally we think it was a six bedroom house. It was built with a central vacuum system in the walls and a basement. The house is presently for sale and would make a wonderful investment. A commercial kitchen and ballroom are included. Brenda Seabrooke recalls: The house was for sale in 1941. It didn’t sell so the Powells ran it as a florist in the 1940’s. I remember seeing buckets of flowers in a room off the kitchen. There was one bedroom with a full bath I think to the left of the ground floor stairs. In winter those rooms were an ice cave. Bamboo grew along the back and east side to screen the turpentine distillery and Kicklighter’s service station.

 

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McKenzie Mall, Circa 1880, Montezuma

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This 19th-century mixed use building has housed various businesses on the lower floor and the Traveler’s Rest Lodge No. 65 (F&AM) upstairs.

Montezuma Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Magnolia Lodge Neon Sign, Blakely

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Blakely Court Square Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --EARLY COUNTY GA--, Blakely GA

Masonic Lodge, Rochelle

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This is owned and utilized by the First Baptist Church today, but it was built as the Masonic Lodge. Thanks to Emory Gaines for the identification.

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Fickling Lodge No. 129, 1920, Butler

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Note the ghost sign for the City Barber Shop on the right of the building.

Butler Downtown Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Guyton Women’s Club & Masonic Lodge, 1915

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This is a very unusual combination, in my experience. It’s a practical use, but just not one I’ve encountered elsewhere.

Guyton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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