Masonic temple celebrates 100 years

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By Amber Coulter

Morrison Lodge is celebrating a moment in history Saturday as the group’s meeting place and one-time community gathering area turns 100.

The 190-year-old lodge has spent about 150 years in its current location at 125 N. Mulberry St. in Elizabethtown. The former building burned down, and the existing Masonic temple has stood for 100 years today.

Members are marking the anniversary with a celebration at 2 p.m. Saturday at the historic building.

Group members are expected to speak about the building’s history and some of its most famous and influential members.

Visitors can learn about the Free Masons and anything else about the site or group they wish to learn, lodge secretary Matthew Lewis said.

“We’re all really proud of the building,” he said. “We love that building.”

Guests also are invited to tour the facility.

The three-story building has more history than as a meeting place for the Morrison Lodge.

Hardin Academy, an all girls’ school, used to meet on the first floor of the building that burned.

When the new facility was built, it was designed to house a theater that could be used when groups weren’t meeting.

The building also once was a community gathering place. Lewis said some members of the aging fraternity want to see it become a more active community presence again.

The reported haunting of the building also has caused the site to be featured on some television shows, he said.

Lewis hopes the event will help community members learn about and appreciate the century-old structure.

“A lot of people don’t know the building is there,” he said. “They don’t know what it’s for or they don’t know anything about Free Masonry.”

Lewis said group members might look to part with the building they have long loved in the future because the age has made maintenance costly and having three floors are hard on some of the older members.

“We just hate to leave that building,” he said.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.