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Crawford in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge

 
 
Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 16, 2017
1. Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge Marker (Front)
Inscription.
Front
This historic building was erected in 1848 to serve as the Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge No. 96. At the time, this community of Crawford, Alabama (formerly known as Crockettsville from 1832 - 1843, named after Davy Crockett) was the county seat of Russell County, including part of present-day Lee County to the north. The building served many purposes throughout the years including a place to hold Masonic lodge meetings as well as school and church. The first Masonic meeting in the building was in 1848 and the last official meeting of the Masons in this building was held in 1995. Members of the Crawford Masonic Lodge No. 863 decided to erect a new more modern structure on the same property. The decision was then made to allow a local landowner to purchase and move the old lodge building about 100 feet to the east where it still sits today. Covered in vines and showing signs of decay, the building remained vacant for nearly 19 years until 2012 when a newly elected Russell County Commissioner proposed creating a committee of the community in an effort to lead a restoration effort.
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Rear
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After being included in the Alabama Historic Commission's "Places in Peril" publication
Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge Marker (Rear) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 16, 2017
2. Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge Marker (Rear)
in 2012, the owner of the building agreed to allow the building and property to serve as a county recreation facility. The restoration project began in late 2013. Spearheaded by the Russell County Commission, a committee of local citizens and the members of the Crawford Masonic Lodge No. 863, many volunteers and local contractors also helped in the restoration project. Donations were made by the community to aid in the restoration efforts and brick pavers were purchased and placed on the front walkway to show the community's dedication and support for the project. In 2015, prior to opening the doors to the public, the downstairs was restored for use as a community center and the upstairs was restored and designated as a museum to pay tribute to the original intended use as a sacred Masonic Lodge. This historic building was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on September 6, 1978.
 
Erected 2015 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Russell County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Russell County Commission.
 
Location. 32° 27.394′ N, 85° 11.324′ W. Marker is in Crawford, Alabama, in Russell County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 80 and Bleeker Road, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 80. Touch for map
The Historic Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 16, 2017
3. The Historic Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge.
Marker is in background, along the fence, on the right.
. Located at Crawford Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4497 US-80, Phenix City AL 36869, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crockettsville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Line 32 28 North Latitude (approx. 7.8 miles away); St. Peter A.M.E. Church Cemetery (approx. 8 miles away); Confederate Fort (approx. 9.4 miles away); Salem, Alabama (approx. 10.3 miles away); John Bacon McDonald (approx. 10 miles away); Allen Temple A.M.E. Church / Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crawford.
 
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The Historic Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 16, 2017
4. The Historic Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge.
The newer Masonic Lodge, 100 feet east. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 16, 2017
5. The newer Masonic Lodge, 100 feet east.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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