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Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia
 
Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
1. Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia Marker
 
Inscription. Organized as a Masonic Lodge, February 21, 1734. Its first worshipful Master was General James Edward Oglethorpe, English Soldier, Statesman, Humanitarian, and founder of Georgia, who raised the flag of England at Savannah on February 12, 1733.

Chartered by the Grand Lodge of England in 1735 as "the Lodge at Savannah in ye province of Georgia," Solomon's is the oldest continuously operating English constituted Lodge in the Western Hemisphere. In 1786 the Independent Grand Lodge of Georgia, F. & A.M., was created and proclaimed by concerted action of Solomon's and the one other Lodge then existing in the state, Solomon's was chartered as the first Lodge of Georgia.

From its beginning in 1734 brethren of Solomon's Lodge have served with distinction in vital positions of leadership in public and fraternal affairs of city, colony, state and nation. The Lodge produced the first Grand Master of Georgia, F. & A.M., William Stephens, who governed the Georgia craft from 1786-1788 and 1793-1813.

Solomon's Lodge, one of Savannah's greatest Historical Institutions, is honored and revered by the nearly 100,000 Freemasons of this state as the Mother Lodge of Georgia, Free and Accepted Masons.
 
Erected 1969 by The Educational & Historical Commission Grand Lodge of Georgia, F. & A.M.
 
Location.
 
Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia Marker
 
32° 4.847′ N, 81° 5.398′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on East Bay Street near Drayton Street Ramp, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located in front of the Old Cotton Exchange. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Invention of the Cotton Gin (here, next to this marker); Old Savannah Cotton Exchange (a few steps from this marker); Old City Exchange Bell (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of the University Of Georgia (a few steps from this marker); Chatham Artillery's (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chatham Artillery's (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chatham Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F.& A.M. (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
 
Also see . . .  The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for the State of Georgia. The Lodge at Savannah changed its name in or prior to 1770 to Solomon's Lodge (Submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
..Solomon's Lodge No.1 Free and Accepted Masons Organized Feb. 21, 1734 Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. ..Solomon's Lodge No.1 Free and Accepted Masons Organized Feb. 21, 1734
Small Marker on the left reads...U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey Bench Mark for elevation write to Supertendent Washington DC
 
 
Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Doorway Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Doorway
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 5,623 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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