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This Day in Georgia History

December 10, 1735

First Masonic Lodge in Georgia

Among Georgia’s early settlers were a small group of men who had been Freemasons back in England. On this day, they met and organized Solomon’s Masonic Lodge in Savannah. Although James Oglethorpe was then at sea returning to Georgia, he would subsequently join the lodge. Reflecting his membership, the lodge’s Freemasons Hall - located in the old Cotton Exchange building overlooking the Savannah River - contains a bronze bust, portrait, and a few other artifacts associated with Oglethorpe.