Stony Creek No. 5 F. & A.M.
Historical Sites Linked To The Lodge
Former Masonic Temple (1899-1959) located at the
North East corner of 4th & Main Streets in Rochester, MI.
The original cornerstone of the 1847 Masonic
Hall is a monument to the Brothers of Stony
Site of the Stony Creek School
where the first installation
of Stony Creek Lodge officers
were held in 1828.
Stony Creek petitioned the Grand Lodge of Michigan for a charter in June of
1827 and dispensation was granted.  The Grand Master, Governor Lewis
Cass, approved the charter, but in response to the anti-Masonic fervor
sweeping the nation, the Grand Lodge suspended operations from 1829 to
1841. This suspension delayed the granting of Stony Creek's charter and
required them to operate under the disposition previously granted.  
However, due to the efforts of tavern keeper Daniel B. Taylor, Stony Creek
was the only Michigan lodge to remain active during this time frame making
it the oldest continuously operating Lodge in the State.
Meetings of Stony Creek Lodge were
held between 1828-1844
The photo below shows the barn built
out of the materials from the Masonic
Lodge on
Van Hoosen's Farm
As it appears today
The home of Joshua B. Taylor
where meetings of Stony Creek
Lodge were held.  It is now part of
the Stony Creek Van Hoosen
The remains of the home of Jesse
Decker where meetings of Stony
Creek Lodge were held.  
Please see pages Timeline of the Lodge and Historical Implications for a full explanation
William A. Burt led the original members of Stony Creek and held Lodge
meetings in a log schoolhouse, and later in various people's homes. In 1844
the Lodge was reconstituted, and in 1849, the members dedicated the first
solely constructed building for Masonic purposes in the state.

In 1853 the lodge relocated in Rochester.