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Masonic Lodge #19 / Samuel Saxon

 
 
Masonic Lodge #19 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 27, 2008
1. Masonic Lodge #19 Marker
Inscription.
Masonic Lodge #19
The first recorded meeting of this organization, known as Palmetto Lodge #19, took place Aug. 7, 1794, at the Samuel Saxon home, which stood nearby. Officers present were: Master, Joseph Downs; Deputy Master, Nathaniel McCoy; Senior Warden, Wm. Holiday; Junior Warden, John Wolff; and Secretary, Ezekiel Roland. Still in existence, this is the oldest Masonic Lodge in Laurens County; its minutes date from 1794.

Samuel Saxon
In 1792, this local attorney, merchant and Palmetto Lodge member conveyed the present court house land to Laurens County for the sum of two guineas. Saxon also cleared a number of surrounding acres. He served in the S.C. House 1789-91; was elected sheriff of Ninety-Six District 1791. His home was located on the south side of present East Main St., about 150 feet east of here.
 
Erected 1985 by Palmetto Lodge #19 and Laurens County Historical Society. (Marker Number 30-7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Laurens County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 34° 29.933′ N, 82° 0.801′ W. Marker is in Laurens, South Carolina, in Laurens County. Marker is at the
Samuel Saxon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 27, 2008
2. Samuel Saxon Marker
intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 76) and North Harper Street (Highway 221), on the left when traveling east on East Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laurens SC 29360, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Korean Conflict (within shouting distance of this marker); Laurens County Confederate Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Watts Mills' World War II Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Laurens County World Wars I & II Veterans Monument (about 400 feet away); Laurens County / Laurens Historic District (about 400 feet away); Vietnam War (about 400 feet away); Laurens County Veterans Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Legion Post 25 Veterans Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); A.I. (Gus) Mason Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Watts-Todd-Dunklin House (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Laurens.
 
Regarding Masonic Lodge #19 / Samuel Saxon. The lodge is located northwest of the marker, on Hillcrest Drive, near the new Laurens County Court House.
 
Also see . . .
1. Address delivered at Laurens C.H. before Palmetto Lodge #19, A.F.M. On the anniversary of St. Johns' Day, 24th June, 1851 (Submitted on December 23, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Palmetto Lodge #19 AFM Masonic Lodge in Laurens, SC
Intersection of East Main and Harper Streets, Looking West Toward Downtown image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 27, 2008
3. Intersection of East Main and Harper Streets, Looking West Toward Downtown
. Palmetto Lodge #19 is a Regular and Recognized masonic lodge located in Laurens, SC, having a charter through the Grand Lodge of South Carolina, which is recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England. (Submitted on October 24, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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Masonic Lodge #19<br>316 Hillcrest Drive, Laurens, SC image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 24, 2011
4. Masonic Lodge #19
316 Hillcrest Drive, Laurens, SC
Masonic Lodge #19 Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 24, 2011
5. Masonic Lodge #19 Entrance
Masonic Lodge #19 Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 24, 2011
6. Masonic Lodge #19 Cornerstone
[Masonic Emblem]
John Irving Smith
Grand Master of Masons
A.D. 1954 A.L. 5945
 
 
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