Hallettsville in Lavaca County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Murchison Masonic Lodge
No. 80, A.F. & A.M.
Considered oldest organized group in Lavaca County. Under dispensation granted March 29, 1850, Lodge was chartered January 31, 1851, and named for early Texas colonist and Masonic leader John Murchison, Fayette County.
First officers: Isaac J. Foster, Worshipful Master; Silas Bennett, Senior Warden; Peter McDermott, Junior Warden. About 1855, Lodge built a 3-story Hall, which was also used as a church and a school (called "Masonic College"). Lodge member Friench Simpson served as Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Texas in 1900.
Erected 1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3537.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical date for this entry is January 31, 1851.
Location. 29° 27.188′ N, 96° 56.515′ W. Marker is in Hallettsville, Texas, in Lavaca County. Marker is at the intersection of Fink Street and Rothschmitt Lane, on the left when traveling west on Fink Street. The marker is located at the Hallettsville City Park in front of the Masonic Lodge. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Hanging Tree (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); American Legion Hudgeons Post 230 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Entrance to Old Estate of John Hallett (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richardson Chapel United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Hallettsville (approx. half a mile away); Cole Theatre (approx. half a mile away); Hallettsville Public Schools (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of the Alma Male and Female Institute (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hallettsville.
Also see . . . Murchison, John (ca. 1807–1849).
John Murchison, a Republic of Texas congressman, was born in 1807 or 1809. He lived for a while in Wetumpka, Alabama, where he joined the Masons. Shortly before the Texas Revolution he settled in San Augustine, Texas. He served in the Texas army from April 24 to July 24, 1836. Source: The Handbook of Texas(Submitted on February 19, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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