Crawford in Russell County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Tuckabatchee Masonic Lodge
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.
After being included in the Alabama Historic Commission's "Places in Peril" publication
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
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. 8½ miles away); Confederate Fort (approx. 9.4 miles away); Salem, Alabama (approx. 10.3 miles away); John Bacon McDonald (approx. 10½ miles away); Allen Temple A.M.E. Church / Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church (approx. 10½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crawford.
Categories. • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Notable Buildings •
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.