Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Forrest Lodge No. 19, A.F. & A.M.
The upper floor of a store owned by Alexander McDonald, the first worshipful master, served as an early meeting place. A two-story lodge hall on the north side of the square, built in 1850, was destroyed by fire in 1881. It was replaced by a brick building near the corner of University and 11th Street in 1883. The present property was acquired in 1896 and the new structure dedicated in 1909.
The Masons have shared their facilities with the Red Cross, the First Baptist Church, and the public schools. Lodge funds have aided distressed members, widows, and orphans; bought war bonds; and supplied scholarships.
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8453.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1030 12th Street, Huntsville TX 77342, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sam Houston Whittling Site (a few steps from this marker); Walker County (within shouting distance of this marker); The Five Courthouses of Walker County (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone of the Fourth Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Walker County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of First Masonic Lodge Building (about 400 feet away); Old Gibbs Store (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 659 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on December 24, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos: 1. submitted on March 24, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 26, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 5, 6. submitted on January 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.