Holly Springs Founder’s Day
July 22nd is Founder’s Day (to celebrate town founder G.B. Alford’s birthday) and the Farmer’s Market is in full swing. The Masonic Lodge in downtown Holly Springs is serving pancakes, as they apparently do every year on the weekend of Founder’s Day, and they also give guided tours of their Lodge. My wife and I decided to head over and see the Lodge, which is the oldest one in North Carolina.
I managed to go down a rabbit hole a few days beforehand while bored on a conference call and reading Wikipedia. I started to learn about the history of the Masonic Lodge here in Holly Springs and before I knew it, was pulling documents from the National Register of Historic Places. The building is really amazing and taking a tour of it was a great treat.
It was built about 1852, and is a two-story, Greek Revival influenced frame building with a side gable roof. It has a one-story, hip roofed front porch. In addition to being a Masonic Lodge, the building also housed a school.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.
The Holly Springs Masonic Lodge will be doing guided tours of the lodge, as well as offering a pancake breakfast. The Holly Springs UMC will also be in attendance, with information about their historical building, plus activities for the kids.
All cash received will be used in the market to purchase fresh produce for the Holly Springs Food Cupboard’s clients.
They also had live music from the Holly Springs Community Band, balloon animals at the Little Sprouts tent, and nearly 30 local food vendors with farm-fresh produce and mouthwatering artisanal foods.