• Fortitude Lodge #47 F&AM 200th Anniversary

History of Fortitude Lodge #47 F & A.M.

Fortitude Lodge #47 has a rich history.  Here is a journey into our past.

On September 1, 1818 The Fortitude Lodge #47 F & A.M. was chartered in Transylvania, Kentucky with Francis Taylor as master.

The exact location of this lost city remained a mystery for some time, it was believed that it was either out on Bardstown Road as there is an old home there called Transylvania, or there are documents that show a Transylvania Land Company, after being refused a land grant by Virginia, signed a treaty with the Indians for several thousand acres of land between the Kentucky River and Ohio River.

The exact location remained a mystery for several years until a letter  was found in Harrods Creek Lodge

written to A.W. Button, Secretary of Fortitude Lodge, dated March 22, 1923 from Lucien V. Rule, a member of Fortitude Lodge and a Presbyterian minister that lived in Buckner, Kentucky.  Lucien served as a chaplain at Indiana State Prison in North Vernon, Indiana and was a noted historian of Oldham County.  Here is a link to that letter.

Here is some more history:

History of Fortitude Lodge #47 in Oldham County

History of Fortitude Lodge #47 in LaGrange, Kentucky

History of Rob Morris

History of the Building

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  • Fortitude Lodge #47 F&AM 200th Anniversary