Walnut Room this way

Walnut Room this way

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Thomas Hinds Masonic Lodge...and former Presbyterian Church

 The Thomas Hinds Masonic Lodge is the oldest brick building still standing in Fayette.  The history of this building is interesting, but with gaps that make it kind of difficult to fill in the blanks.  It was a joint effort by the Masons and Presbyterians.  The church would contribute to the building, and church would be on the first floor and the lodge on the second floor.  The building opened (as best I could tell from this history) in 1860.
Although the Presbyterians occupied the first floor for a number of years, they began building and/or planning a new church in 1917 and the Masons and Presbyterians parted ways.  The building was apparently sold to a Brookhaven lumber company in 2004 following the decline of lodge membership.

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