Roswell Lodge No. 18 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons has erected its fifth Roswell lodge in its 122- year history. The new lodge is located off of West College Boulevard near North Syca[auth] more Avenue.
The building project, led by Jarred Hellums of Helco, Inc., began on June 3, according to the lodgeâ€™s website.
â€œItâ€™s smaller (than our last building) and easier to take care of,â€ said Jim Forrester, Roswell Lodge No. 18 A.F. and A.M. secretary. â€œIt will be more of the size we need for the amount of masons that we have.â€
The Roswell chapter built its first lodge in 1889 on Main Street, which was lost in a fire on Jan. 15, 1893. Its second lodge was built on West Third Street in 1893, where the J.P. White building stands today. In 1910, its third lodge was built on the corner of Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Its fourth lodge, 2803 W. Fourth St., was built in 1962 and is currently used by Valley Christian Academy.
According to Forrester, approximately six mason organizations in the local area will utilize the new 4,780 square-foot lodge. Forrester said the masons expect to move into the building in January. The lodge will contain artifacts, building pieces and furniture from every Roswell lodge built since 1910.
â€œIt has dining halls … we used a lot of stuff out of the old lodge,â€ Forrester said.Â â€œThe (original) cornerstone will be there. We tried to make the (interior of the) lodge look like past (lodges).â€
The Roswell Lodge No. 18 A.F. and A.M. works with several civic organizations in the community and donates funds to various charities. They also award five to seven scholarships to college students every year. According to Forrester, the organization has about 400 active members.
For more information about Roswell Lodge No. 18 A.F. A.M., visit their website: http://roswellmasons.org.