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Solomon's Lodge, Savannah

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Solomon's Lodge, located in Savannah, Georgia, is a Masonic Lodge was founded in 1734 by James Oglethorpe[1] and James Lacey and claims to be the oldest continuing operating lodge in America, It is the mother lodge of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, and between 1734 and 1785 was the only lodge in Georgia.[2] It wasn't called Solomon's Lodge until 1776, previously being known as "The Lodge at Savannah."[3] It occupies the Old Savannah Cotton Exchange. The first person to be initiated into the lodge was the settler and plantation founder Noble Jones.[3]

Solomon's Lodge
Motto Oldest Continuously Operating English Constituted Lodge of Freemasons in the Western Hemisphere
Formation February 21, 1734 (1734-02-21)
Type Masonic Lodge
Location
Coordinates 32°04′50″N 81°05′24″W / 32.080632°N 81.09001°W / 32.080632; -81.09001Coordinates: 32°04′50″N 81°05′24″W / 32.080632°N 81.09001°W / 32.080632; -81.09001
Affiliations Grand Lodge of Georgia, F.& A.M.
Website www.solomonslodge.com

Many influential local politicians were members of Solomon's Lodge, including Joseph Habersham (US postmaster general), George Handley (Governor or Georgia) and Henry Osborne (judge and delegate to the Continental Congress).

It has often been confused with Solomon's Lodge in Charleston, South Carolina, also a founding lodge for that state that was founded in the same year.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hirschfeld, Fritz (2005). George Washington and The Jews. University of Delaware Press. p. 26. ISBN 0-87413-927-9. 
  2. ^ "Our History". Grand Lodge of Georgia. 
  3. ^ a b Tatsch, J. Hugo (1995). Solomon's Lodge and Freemasonry in Georgia, Freemasonry in the Thirteen Colonies. Kessinger Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 1-56459-595-1. 
  4. ^ page 568, Mackey's National Freemason October 1873-September 1874 By Albert G. MacKey