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Sandersville in Washington County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Masonic Temple

 
 
Masonic Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
1. Masonic Temple Marker
Inscription. A beautiful reproduction of the Greek Temple Athene, erected in 1855-56 for the Masons, of brick, hand-made by slaves, stood on this corner. An appeal by Mr. James D. Anthony and Dr. James R. Smith -- Methodist Ministers -- and Mr. Pincus Happ, Members of Haynes Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, saved the building from destruction by Shermanís Army in 1864, when all other public buildings in town were burned. This was one of several Masonic Temples in Georgia spared by Union officers who were Masons. This historic building was destroyed by fire in 1921.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 150-5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 58.981′ N, 82° 48.723′ W. Marker is in Sandersville, Georgia, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of West Haynes Street and Jones Street, on the right when traveling west on West Haynes Street. Click for map. The marker is on the southwest corner of the courthouse square in Sandersville. Marker is in this post office area: Sandersville GA 31082, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Masonic Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
2. Masonic Temple Marker
The marker with the Washington County Courthouse (and parking lots) to the rear
. Governor Thomas W. Hardwick (within shouting distance of this marker); Saunderís Store (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Rev. J. D. Anthony (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old City Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson Davis (approx. 0.6 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tennille (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandersville.
 
Regarding Masonic Temple. The Transylvania Club, a ladies' service organization founded in Sandersville in 1908, created a public library in 1909, housed in the Masonic Temple building. The group had funded the purchase of 70,000 volumes when the building was destroyed by fire on February 13, 1921.

The group vowed to reestablish the library, and funded the new library by sale of a group of plates, made by Wedgwood in England, depicting scenes from Georgia history.

These plates are still sold today, and have been named the official historical plates of the state of Georgia.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
Masonic Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 28, 2009
3. Masonic Temple Marker
The marker points to the site of the Masonic Temple, where a more modern building now stands.
 
 
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