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Historic District - North in Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia

 
 
Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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
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as the Mother Lodge of Georgia, Free and Accepted Masons.
 
Erected 1969 by The Educational & Historical Commission Grand Lodge of Georgia, F. & A.M.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical date for this entry is February 21, 1734.
 
Location. 32° 4.847′ N, 81° 5.398′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker is on East Bay Street near Drayton Street Ramp, on the left when traveling east. Located in front of the Old Cotton Exchange. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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); Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F.& A.M. (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Blaney Cluskey (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, December 29, 2020
2. Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia Marker
Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Savannah, Georgia Marker
..Solomon's Lodge No.1 Free and Accepted Masons Organized Feb. 21, 1734 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. ..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 Superintendent, Washington DC
Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Doorway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
5. Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M Doorway
An additional tablet outside of the Freemason Hall front entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Shane Oliver, December 30, 2020
6. An additional tablet outside of the Freemason Hall front entrance
This additional tablet near the footbridge on the ground reads: David E. Evans & Co. Engrs. & Contractors Baltimore, MD.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 7,532 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on March 25, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on January 1, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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