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Freeport in Walton County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Freeport Masonic Hall

 
 
Freeport Masonic Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 14, 2017
1. Freeport Masonic Hall Marker
Inscription.  Herman Lodge No. 108 F.&A.M. was chartered January 16, 1889 in DeFuniak Springs and originally met in a structure in the area of Freeport known as "Tucker Town". On June 19, 1901, the lodge building burned down and was replaced with this structure near the banks of Four Mile Creek. The building was constructed of native lumber. The building was disassembled and re-erected in its current location at the intersection of Madison Street and North Street in 1903. The building has been in continuous use as a Masonic Lodge from that point forward. The building is an excellent example of the vernacular commercial and public buildings built in the early 1900's utilizing the false parapet facade.

The lower floor of the building was rented to the J.J. McCaskill Mercantile Company from 1908-1916 for use as "The People's Cash Store". In 1925, the Order of the Eastern Star was granted use of the building. In 1950, the Boy Scouts, 4-H Club and the Home Woodsmen of the World and the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Woodsmen also rented the Lodge for their meetings.

The Freeport Masonic Hall is at the heart of the historic center of the original City
Freeport Masonic Hall from marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, November 14, 2017
2. Freeport Masonic Hall from marker
of Freeport. It is one of the few historic structures intact and in use and is a landmark beloved to the people of Freeport.
 
Erected by Walton County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureFraternal or Sororal Organizations.
 
Location. 30° 29.621′ N, 86° 8.199′ W. Marker is in Freeport, Florida, in Walton County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Street and North Street on Madison Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 Madison Street, Freeport FL 32439, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eden (approx. 8˝ miles away); Gulf Cemetery (approx. 11.1 miles away); Cosson Family Tragedy (approx. 11.3 miles away); Eucheeanna Community (approx. 11.6 miles away); Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church And Cemetery (approx. 13.6 miles away); Knox Hill Academy (approx. 14.8 miles away).
 
Freeport Masonic Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Aaron Brannon, circa 2012
3. Freeport Masonic Hall Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 544 times since then and 216 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   3. submitted on September 8, 2019, by Scott Aaron Brannon of Freeport, Fl.. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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