Charles Town in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Old Stone House / Star Lodge No. 1
Star Lodge No. 1 and Queen of the Valley Lodge No. 1558, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, two African-American fraternal organizations, bought Old Stone House in 1885. Star Lodge sole owner since 1927. One of oldest extant buildings in town, built early 1790s on land Charles Washington sold to John Locke; family owned until 1878. Listed on National Register, 2000.
Star Lodge No. 1, Free and Accepted Masons was chartered in 1877 by the Maryland Grand Lodge. The Lodge exemplifies the fraternal brotherhood and institutional growth of African-Americans in Charles Town and the state. It traces its origins back to the African Lodge No. 459, organized by Prince Hall in 1787, and is one of the oldest non-secular African-American organizations in West Virginia.
Erected 2003 by West Virginia Division of Archives and History.
Location. 39° 17.225′ N, 77° 51.706′ W. Marker is in Charles Town, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on South Lawrence Street 0.1 miles south of West Washington Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the lawn, north side of the Old Stone House.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Thomas Marker (here, next to this marker); Martin Robinson Delany (here, next to this marker); Charles Town Post Office (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Central Restaurant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson County World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hollis Pump (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charles Town.
Categories. • African Americans • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Notable Buildings •
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