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Apopka in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Oldest Masonic Lodge Building in Continuous Use in Florida

 
 
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Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, February 25, 2013
1. Oldest Masonic Lodge Building in Continuous Use in Florida Marker
Inscription.  Masonic Lodge No. 36 of the Grand Jurisdiction of Florida was established in 1856 and is still serving under a warrant issued that year. This building was erected here in 1859; the upper story has been continually used for lodge meetings. The original lower floor was used as post office, school, church and general store. Masons from miles around visited the community, which was known as The Lodge until the Town of Apopka City was chartered in 1882. In 1952, due to the effects of deterioration and highway widening, the lower story was removed and replaced. Orange Lodge No. 36 is a “Moon Lodge” and meets on or before the full moon and two weeks thereafter.
Sponsored by the City of Apopka Bicentennial Committee in cooperation with Department of State

 
Erected 1976 by City of Apopka Becentennial Committee in cooperation with Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-251.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
 
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Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, February 25, 2013
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28° 40.395′ N, 81° 30.098′ W. Marker is in Apopka, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 441) and Alabama Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 453 East Main St, Apopka FL 32703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Apopka Schoolhouse (approx. Ό mile away); Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit (approx. Ό mile away); Community of Piedmont (approx. 2.4 miles away); Forest City (approx. 3.7 miles away); Lovell's Landing at Lake Apopka (approx. 3.9 miles away); Farm Workers Enrich the Cultural History of Lake Apopka (approx. 5.6 miles away); Lake Apopka North Shore (approx. 5.6 miles away); Dr. Howard A. Kelly Park (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Apopka.
 
Regarding Oldest Masonic Lodge Building in Continuous Use in Florida. Article from the Apopka newspaper. http://orange36.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Apopka-Chief.jpg
 
Additional keywords. Masonic Lodges
 
Oldest Masonic Lodge Building in Continuous Use in Florida Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, March 12, 2015
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Restored marker.
Masonic Plaque to right of Main Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, February 25, 2013
4. Masonic Plaque to right of Main Marker
Orange Lodge No. 36 F.&A.M. Apopka, Florida Warrant issued January 14, 1856. The Oldest Masonic Temple in the Grand Jurisdiction of Florida. Erected in 1859 and occupied on October 21 of that year. May all the brethren who enter here forever meet on the level, act on the plumb, and part on the square.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 818 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 19, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on August 22, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   4. submitted on March 19, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 4, 2022