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April 25, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Freemasons: Andersonville to Buckingham Court House



Buckingham Lodge No. 242 was originally chartered as Andersonville Lodge No. 242 at Andersonville, Buckingham County, Virginia. The request for a dispensation from the Grand Master of Masons in Virginia was made on April 26, 1891. The first stated communication was held at Andersonville on July 6, 1891, with twelve of the thirteen members present. Those attending were: J. B. Gilliam, Emmett D. Gregory, A. C. Garnett, Jr., R. M. Anderson, W. E. McCraw, J. W. Word, P. A. Grigg, E. Van Anderson, J. Lee Coleman, J. H. Harris, John J. Spencer and Samuel Wheeler.  R. H. Spencer was the charter member not present.  The initial officers were:  J. P. Gilliam (Worshipful Master), E. D. Gregory (Senior Warden), A. C. Garnett, Jr.  (Junior Warden).

On February 9, 1892, the District Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful H. G. Harris, and members of Stonewall Lodge No. 200 and Taylor Lodge No. 117 consecrated the Lodge at Andersonville.

Yearly dues were $2.00 and members enjoyed two meetings each month.

During the 1890s . . .  The celebration of Saint John’s Day, an annual social affair at the lodge, included a traditional oyster stew. A charity collection took place at each meeting.  The Stewards and Tilers of the Lodge were responsible for the refreshments for members and visitors, as well as tending to members’ horses.

In 1907, the Lodge moved to Buckingham Court House and, on February 26, 1907, the name was changed to Buckingham Lodge No. 242.

To learn more about the lodge, click here:  Andersonville Lodge No. 242

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