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Holland Lodge No. 1

Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Texas

 
 
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By Jim Evans, September 24, 2012
1. Holland Lodge No. 1 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Texas Marker
Inscription. First Masonic Lodge in Texas. Organized in March 1835 at Brazoria. Set to work Dec. 27, 1835, under dispensation of Grand Lodge of Louisiana, for whose 1835-37 Grand Master, John Henry Holland, this lodge was named. Labors were interrupted in Feb. 1836, in Texas War for Independence, when lodge and records were destroyed by Mexican army during march of Gen. Urrea to join forces with Dictator Santa Anna. The charter, however, was then in saddlebags of Dr. Anson Jones, Texas patriot and first worshipful master of Holland Lodge, who carried the sacred document into battle and victory at San Jacinto, April 21, 1836.

In Nov. 1837, Holland Lodge was reopened, in the Republic of Texas capitol (at site of present Rice Hotel), Houston.

On Dec. 20, 1837, Holland Lodge No. 36 (the original designation under Grand Lodge of Louisiana) met with the only other Masonic bodies then existent in Texas — Milam Lodge No. 40 of Nacogdoches and McFarland Lodge No. 41 of San Augustine — and organized the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas. Dr. Anson Jones, of this lodge, was elected first grand master of the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas, and Holland Lodge was assigned the No. 1 designation.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number
Holland Lodge No. 1 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Texas Marker & Building image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 24, 2012
2. Holland Lodge No. 1 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Texas Marker & Building
10686.)
 
Location. 29° 43.736′ N, 95° 23.45′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Montrose Boulevard and Milford Street, on the right when traveling north on Montrose Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4911 Montrose Blvd., Houston TX 77006, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Presbyterian Church of Houston (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paul's United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); W. L. and Susan Clayton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clayton House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Waldo Mansion (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Houston Light Guard (approx. 0.9 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Temple Beth Israel (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Also see . . .  Holland Lodge #1. (Submitted on September 26, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
Holland Lodge No. 1 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Texas Building image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, September 24, 2012
3. Holland Lodge No. 1 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Texas Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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