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Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5/Mount Moriah

 
 
Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5/Mount Moriah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 16, 2018
1. Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5/Mount Moriah Marker
Inscription.  
Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5
Around 1825 William A. Burt led members of the Stony Creek Masonic Lodge in petitioning the Grand Lodge of Michigan for a charter. The grand master, Governor Lewis Cass, approved the charter in June 1827. In response to anti-Masonic fervor sweeping the nation, however, the Grand Lodge suspended operations from 1829 to 1841, delaying the granting of Stony Creek's charter. Due to the efforts of tavern keeper Daniel B. Taylor, Stony Creek Lodge continued to meet during that time. It was the only Michigan lodge to do so. The group had originally held meetings in a log schoolhouse, and later in people's homes. In 1844 the lodge was reconstituted, and in 1849 members dedicated the first Masonic temple in the state. In 1853 the lodge relocated in Rochester.

Mount Moriah
This site, once the summit of Stony Creek Village, was named Mount Moriah by Stony Creek Masons. In 1849 they dedicated a temple here - - the first in Michigan built solely for Masonic purposes. In 1844 the Grand Lodge of Michigan had recognized the Stony Creek Lodge, organized around 1825,
Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5/Mount Moriah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 16, 2018
2. Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5/Mount Moriah Marker
as the oldest continuously operating lodge in Michigan. The fraternity built the temple in honor of this distinction, laying the cornerstone in 1847. The building, a red octagonal wooden structure set on a high stone foundation, had a discrete entrance into the cellar; members took a ladder up to the meeting room. In 1853 the lodge was transferred to Rochester. Eventually, the temple was dismantled and the materials were used to build a barn. In 1929 the cornerstone was incorporated into a Masonic monument erected at Stony Creek Cemetery.
 
Erected 1996 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S651.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 41.73′ N, 83° 6.957′ W. Marker is in Rochester Hills, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on Van Hoosen Road south of Runyon Road. Touch for map. Marker is near the end of Van Hoosen Road on the Old Romeo Road Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester MI 48307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stoney Creek Village (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1927 Van Hoosen Calf Barn/1927 Van Hoosen Bull Barn (about 300 feet away); 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse
Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5/Mount Moriah Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 16, 2018
3. Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5/Mount Moriah Marker
View looking southwest from the Van Hoosen Farm along the Old Romeo Road Trail.
(about 300 feet away); 1927 Van Hoosen Dairy Barn (about 300 feet away); Before lawn mowers... (about 600 feet away); 1850 Red House (about 600 feet away); Stoney Creek School (approx. mile away); Stony Creek Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester Hills.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stony Creek No. 5 F. & A.M. History. (Submitted on May 22, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Mount Moriah: The First Building Built Exclusively For Masonic Purposes in Michigan. (Submitted on May 22, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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