Tag Archives: Fraternal Lodges of Coastal Georgia

Keystone Lodge, St. Simons Island

Fraternal lodges were important gathering place for the historic African-American communities of the Georgia coast. The Keystone Lodge No. 98 Free & Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliated, is an important part of the Harrington community. This lodge, which I understand is still active, is also home to the Progressive Chapter 139, Order of the Eastern Star.

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Filed under -GLYNN COUNTY, St. Simons Island GA

Farmers Alliance Hall, 1929, Hog Hammock

Sapelo Island Farmers Association Building Vernacular Architecture Landmark Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

A farmers’ alliance was first chartered on Sapelo Island in 1892 to serve the needs of black farmers. It was also used for social gatherings and community meetings. Original members were: Cuffy Wilson, President; Sipio Sams, Vice-president; Rachel Dunham, Treasurer; Reverend Joseph Jones, Chaplain; Ceasar Sams, Conductor; Sam Dixon, Secretary; other members included Glasco Campbell, Peter Sams, Ben Brown, Cato Hillery, Katie Brown, Charles Hall, and Liberty Handy. Through the efforts of Cornelia Walker Bailey and the Sapelo Island Cultural & Revitalization Society restored this important symbol of Hog Hammock in 2008 and it is the site for the Cultural Day Festival, held every third Saturday in October. It’s one of the older remaining buildings in Hog Hammock.

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Hog Hammock Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under -MCINTOSH COUNTY, Hog Hammock GA, Sapelo Island GA

Tybee Lite Shrine Club

Located in a section of the old Fort Screven complex, the Tybee “Lite” Shrine Club pays homage to the famous lighthouse just across the street.

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Filed under -CHATHAM COUNTY, Tybee Island GA

Crescent Knights Lodge No. 3233

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Filed under -MCINTOSH COUNTY, Crescent GA

Woodbine Lodge #236, F.A.M.

Though I’ve been unable to find an exact date for this lodge, I believe it dates to the 1890s, which would make it one of the oldest structures in Woodbine. It’s very well-maintained.

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Filed under -CAMDEN COUNTY, Woodbine GA

Eulonia Lodge, 1910, McIntosh County

Similar in style to African-American schoolhouses still extant in the region, this small lodge hall was the home of a fraternal organization. Preservation or stabilization is needed immediately.

 

 

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