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111 W Main St (formerly 95 S Pine Ave)
Masonic Temple
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Citrus Lodge #118, F and AM, was built at 95 S. Pine Street on the corner of Main Street and dedicated in 1910, ready for occupancy in January 1911. The costliest building in the county at the time, it was a splendid 3-story brick construction that cost $17,285. Originally, the 1st floor housed 2 stores, the 2nd floor had 5 offices and the 3rd floor was the Lodge Room for the Masons and Eastern Star. After the dedication ceremony, a Crowd between 1800-2500 people flocked to the picnic grounds at the end of Apopka Avenue, near the residence of W.H. Warnock. There they feasted on barbecued meats, fried fish, chicken pileau, baked and boiled ham, salads, pies of every kind, thousands of loaves of bread, pickles, various cakes, fruits, barrels of ice water and jugs of excellent coffee. The town’s coronet band played “Dixie” and other tunes.

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Walter F. Warnock, Sr., was worshipful master of the lodge at the time the temple was built. He also served as Clerk of Circuit Court and editor/proprietor of the Chronicle. At one time, there was a movie theatre and City Hall on the 2nd floor as well as professional offices. Dr. TS Henley & Dr. Harrel Martin, Dentists, Dr. Claude Carter, Dr. Cranford & Dr. Gail Osterhout, Attorneys Mannie Scofield, George Scofield, Charles Fitzpatrick, and Donald Bradshaw. For many years, Hall’s Drugstore occupied the 1st floor. In 1963, lightning struck the building causing fire damage.

After restoration, it was decided a new building should be built, and in 1965, the Masons & Eastern Star moved to their new location at Zephyr Street & Hendrix Avenue, selling the 1910 Masonic Temple to private enterprise. The County Commissioners utilized the 3rd floor early in 1990 for several years.

With the reconfiguring of Highways 41 and 44, the Masonic Building switched from the south address of 95 S. Pine to becoming part of the new Main Street. This building was dedicated with a historic plaque on October 20, 2000.

City of Inverness • 212 W. Main Street • Inverness, Florida 34450