Port Tobacco in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
St. Columba Masonic Lodge
Original site of St. Columba Masonic Lodge
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Location. 38° 30.665′ N, 77° 1.178′ W. Marker is in Port Tobacco, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker can be reached from Chapel Point Road 0.4 miles south of Port Tobacco Road (Maryland Route 6). Click for map. Marker is on the lawn between Chapel Point Road and the entrance to the Port Tobacco courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Port Tobacco MD 20677, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wilkes Booth (within shouting distance of this marker); Port Tobacco (within shouting distance of this marker); On to Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Port Tobacco (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rose Hill (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Rose Hill (approx. 0.9 miles away); Mulberry Grove - Birthplace of John Hanson (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Retreat (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Port Tobacco.
Regarding St. Columba Masonic Lodge. The following was copied from http://porttobacco.blogspot.com/2007_12_09_archive.html.
Port Tobacco was more than a collection of homes and businesses.
In 1792, a number of members of the George Town Lodge No. 9 (in present day Washington, DC) petitioned to create a branch lodge in Port Tobacco, to which they had moved. They received a charter from the Grand Lodge of Maryland and sustained St. Columba Lodge No. 10 at least until 1798.
Schultz noted that the proceedings of the Lodge were full and well-kept, and that they included the names, occupations, and residences of initiates. He published the names, which appear below.
A number of St. Columba members, because of the distance of the Lodge from their respective homes, similarly petitioned to create Hiram Lodge No. 27 in Leonard Town, St. Maryís County, in 1798, which was chartered that year. St. Columba may have disbanded shortly thereafter, as did Hiram.
Ironically, a Lodge existed in Leonard Town between 1759 and 1764. The surviving proceedings for the Lodge include the following entry dated November 4, 1761: “Ordered also that Brother [Ebenezer] Fisher write to Mr. James Mills for the Jewells belonging to the Portobacco Lodge which are now in the possession of the said Mills.” In short, one of the earliest Lodges in Maryland, and in the colonies, had formed in Port Tobacco by 1760, disbanded with members going to George Town and Leonard Town, then revived in 1792 only to disband again with at least some members reviving the Leonard Town Lodge.
Apart from celebrating the feast days of St. John the Baptist (June 24) and St. John the Evangelist (December 27), often with a church service followed by a dinner and ball, it isnít clear what these Lodges did. Likely they were very different in some respects from Masonic Lodges of the present. Certainly they helped cement good relations among competing merchants, and also between the native born, largely English planters, and the newly arrived Scots merchants.
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