Helion Lodge

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Helion Lodge Building (2006)

Helion Lodge #1 is a Masonic lodge in Huntsville, Alabama. It is the oldest lodge of Freemasons in the state. According to Grand Historian Joseph Abram Jackson's Masonry in Alabama, it is "the birthplace of Freemasonry in Alabama." Helion Lodge is also the common name for the building (actually named Eunomia Hall for Eunomia Chapter #5 Royal Arch Masons who financed its construction), built in 1911, where the lodge meets.

History[edit]

In 1805, a Revolutionary War veteran named John Hunt built a log cabin at the Big Spring and began what would grow to become the modern city of Huntsville, Alabama. Just six years later, on August 21, 1811, Madison Lodge #21 received its dispensation from the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. In 1812, it received its official charter from the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. John Hunt was among the original members, as was Leroy Pope, who had originally named the city Twickenham. On April 6, 1818, a second Lodge was formed in the county, Bethesda Lodge #2. In 1824 the two Lodges combined as Helion Lodge #1 under the Grand Lodge of Alabama.

Helion Lodge survived the dark years of the American Civil War, when Huntsville was often occupied by the invading Union Army. The quiet little town grew rapidly after World War II, when the area became host to both Redstone Arsenal and the Marshall Spaceflight Center. Notable members involved in the growth of Huntsville's defense and space industry are Senator John Sparkman and Mayor Joe W. Davis. Helion Lodge soon came to have the largest membership in the state. As a result, in 1962 a new Lodge was formed in Huntsville, Solar Lodge #914. Most of the members came from Helion Lodge. Five years later, in 1967, a third Huntsville Lodge was formed, Apollo #921. Both younger Lodges consider Helion as their mother Lodge and dual membership is common.

Location[edit]

Helion Lodge stands on the original site of Madison Lodge #21 at 409 Lincoln Street in the Twickenham Historic District of Huntsville. The present building is over 100 years old and was designed by a noted architect and Lodge member named Edgar Love. The cornerstone was laid in 1911.[1]

The building was officially named Eunomia Masonic Hall after the Royal Arch Chapter, but is now simply called Helion Lodge. It is home to both Helion Lodge and the Huntsville York Rite bodies, as well as to Helion Chapter #203 Order of the Eastern Star. It is the home of the oldest Lodge of Freemasons in the state of Alabama.[2]

Awards[edit]

Helion Lodge has received the Masonic Service Association of North America's Mark Twain Award for Masonic awareness in the lodge and in the community consecutively for the years 2008, 2009, and 2010.[3][4][5] Helion Lodge received the Twain Award again in 2012.[6] Helion Lodge is the only four time recipient of the Twain Award for Masonic Awareness.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Timeline". 
  2. ^ "Helion Lodge website". Helion Lodge. 
  3. ^ "Mark Twain Masonic Awareness Award - 2008 Winners". Masonic Information Center. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mark Twain Masonic Awareness Award - 2009 Winners". Masonic Information Center. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mark Twain Masonic Awareness Award - 2010 Winners". Masonic Information Center. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mark Twain Masonic Awareness Award - 2012 Winners". Masonic Information Center. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 

References[edit]

  • Jackson, Joseph Abram. Masonry in Alabama : a sequicentennial history, 1821-1971. OCLC 3931387

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°43′49″N 86°34′53″W / 34.73029°N 86.58127°W / 34.73029; -86.58127