Bellville in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of First Bellville Masonic Lodge Building
The petition to form a Masonic lodge in Bellville was initiated by members of Chappell Hill Lodge No. 67. Bellville Lodge No. 223 was chartered in 1858. Zimri Hunt, an early Bellville lawyer, served as first Worshipful Master. In 1858, lodge members erected a two-story building at this site. Meetings were held on the upper floor, and the first floor was used for church and school purposes until 1881. Early members of the Bellville Masonic Lodge were active in political, business, educational, and religious affairs of the community.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
Entered in the National Register of Historic Places 1986
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 365.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
Location. 29° 57.071′ N, 96° 15.497′ W. Marker is in Bellville, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is on North Masonic Street, 0.1 miles north of West Main Street (State Highway 36), on the right when Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15 North Masonic Street, Bellville TX 77418, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Site of St. Mary's Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Bellville (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First National Bank of Bellville (about 600 feet away); Austin County Jail (about 700 feet away); The Harigel House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bellville General Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early History of Bellville Methodist Church (approx. Ό mile away); E.O. Finn Building (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellville.
Also see . . . Bellville History. A quant little Texas town with a big Texas heart! (Submitted on October 8, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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