First Meeting Place                                Present Lodge Building

Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19, A. F. & A. M.
Huntsville, Texas

"A 175 Year Republic of Texas Lodge"

This Page Last Updated January 22, 2020

Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19 was chartered by the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas on January 11, 1844. Forrest Lodge has continuously served the Huntsville and Walker County, Texas, community for over 175 years. Pictured above left is the first meeting place of the lodge, which was on the second floor of the first brick building constructed in Huntsville. The building was built by Alexander MacDonald the first Worshipful Master of  Forrest Lodge. Pictured above right is the present lodge building, which was built in 1908, and has been designated by historical architects as one of three historic structures located on the downtown Huntsville square. Forrest Masonic Lodge has approximately 220 members.

Huntsville, Texas

Huntsville, Texas, is located in the piney woods of Southeast Texas. It is on Interstate 45, approximately 70 miles north of Houston, 170 miles south of Dallas, and 55 miles east of Bryan/College Station. It is the location of the headquarters of  the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (Texas Prison System) and Sam Houston State University. The population of Huntsville is approximately 30,000.

Meeting Dates and Times

Forrest Masonic Lodge is located on the downtown Huntsville square at 1030 12th Street and meets each Monday evening at 7:00 p. m. The regular Stated Meeting (Business Meeting) is held on the first Monday evening of each month. Dinner is served at 6:15 p. m. The lodge is handicap accessible from the street.

*** Meeting Schedule - January/February ***

Monday  -  Jan 27  -  6:00 pm  -  Floor Work Practice

Monday  -  Feb 3  -  7:00 pm  -  Stated Meeting  -  Dinner 6:15
Monday  -  Feb 10  -  6:30 pm  -  Valentine Sweetheart Banquet
Monday  -  Feb 17  -  7:00 pm  - Entered Apprentice Degree

Forrest Lodge meets every Monday evening - 7:00 pm
(Floor Work Practice each Monday evening at 6:00 pm)


--- TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS - 9:00 - 11:00 AM ---

Lodge Officers - 2019-2020 Masonic Year

                                            Worshipful Master: Johnny Willis                                                   Senior Deacon: Rodney Hollas
                                            Senior Warden: Brad Alford                                                            Junior Deacon: Michael Grafton
                                            Junior Warden: Rodger Moore                                                        Senior Steward: John Thomas
                                            Treasurer: Steven Rich, Past Master                                             Junior Steward: Brian McDaniel
                                            Secretary: J. D. Dickenson, Past Master -
E-Mail                         Marshal: Cecil Anderson
                                            Tiler: Scotty Kyle, Past Master
                                                       Master of Ceremonies: Wayne Machann
                                            Chaplain: Bobby Wells, Past Master

Lodge Officers - 2019-2020

Left to Right (1st Row): J. D. Dickenson, Secretary; Brad Alford, Senior Warden; Johnny Willis, Worshipful Master
Rodger Moore, Junior Warden; Steven Rich, Treasurer
(2nd Row): Scotty Kyle, Tiler; Rodney Hollas, Senior Deacon; Bobby Wells, Chaplain
Wayne Machann, Master of Ceremonies; Michael Grafton, Junior Deacon; John Thomas, Senior Steward

Remember Our Brethren Who are Ill

Charles Watson      Glen Reader     Chesley Taylor     Mike Hawke
Jack Townley     Randall Shaw
Mike Countz     Mark Ford    Donald Musgrave

All E-Mail inquiries concerning Forrest Lodge No. 19 should be
addressed to:
 J. D. Dickenson - Secretary

Forrest Lodge No. 19 Brochure On-line

Forrest Lodge No. 19 has a Tri-Fold Brochure available which gives information about Freemasonry in general, plus information about Forrest Lodge, and the many projects in which we participate and support. Members can obtain copies of the brochure from the Lodge Secretary. This brochure can be viewed and printed on-line.

Please Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view and print this brochure. If you do not have this Reader, it is a free download from Adobe at:

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View Pictures of Past Masters of Forrest Masonic Lodge
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For A Complete List of Past Masters of Forrest Lodge
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On-Line Pictures of Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19 Activities

2011 Awards Presentations
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2010 Awards Presentations
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2009 Awards Presentations
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2008 Awards Presentations
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2007 Awards Presentations
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2007 Golf Tournament Presentation
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2006 Awards Presentations
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2005 Awards Presentations
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2004 Awards Presentations
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Flag Presentation
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2003 Golf Tournament Presentation
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Picture of 4th of July Parade
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Forrest Masonic Lodge Temple
Exterior View of Temple with New Canopy
Exterior View of Temple Constructed in 1908
Lodgeroom of Forrest Lodge No. 19
Sign Showing Organizations Meeting in the Masonic Temple

A Brief History of Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19, A. F. & A. M.

Following the formation of the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas in 1837, that Grand Lodge body chartered 25 lodges before Texas became a state in 1846. Following statehood, the Grand Lodge name was changed to the Grand Lodge of Texas, A. F. & A. M. The headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Texas is located in Waco, Texas.

In January1844, a group of nine Master Masons living in the Huntsville area petitioned the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas asking that a lodge be established in Huntsville and also asking that the lodge be named Forrest Lodge No. 19. Through extensive research, it has not been determined why the lodge name was spelled with two "r", but the petition specifically designated that spelling. On January 11, 1844, Forrest Lodge No. 19 was granted a charter and began with those nine Master Masons being the charter members of the lodge.

Throughout its 175 year history, Forrest Lodge has been privileged to have as members several Texas heroes and statesmen. Among those are one Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas and two Texas Governors. General Sam Houston, who presided at the formation of the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas in 1837, was President of the Republic of Texas, Governor of Texas, and Governor of Tennessee as well.  Sam Houston, who took his Masonic work in Tennessee, became a member of Forrest Lodge No. 19 in 1854. Governor George Tyler Wood became a member of Forrest Lodge in 1847, and that same year was elected Governor. During his administration, the State Penitentiary in Huntsville, and State Library, in Austin, Texas, were created. Henderson Yoakum, who wrote the first definitive history of the State of Texas, served as Worshipful Master of Forrest Lodge in 1850.

145 men have served in the highest office of the lodge, that of Worshipful Master. A list of these men and their years of service is located at Past Masters.

William Martin TaylorThe high point in the history of Forrest Lodge came with the affiliation of William Martin Taylor. William Martin Taylor served as Worshipful Master of Forrest Lodge in 1849, and went on to serve as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas in 1854. Taylor was elected a State Senator in 1855 and 1857, and also served as a District Judge. Recognized as an outstanding Masonic scholar, William Martin Taylor was appointed by the Grand Lodge of Texas to create a Uniform Masonic Ritual for the State of Texas. That uniform ritual was officially adopted in 1858, at a Grand Lodge communication held in the Lodge Hall of Forrest Lodge No 19. Because of his love, efforts, and achievements for Freemasonry, William Martin Taylor is known by Texas Masons as the "Father of the Texas Work".

Forrest Lodge No. 19 has had four meeting places during its 174 year history. The first meeting place was on the second floor of the first brick building constructed in Huntsville, which was built by Alexander MacDonald, who served as the first Worshipful Master of Forrest Lodge No. 19. The first Lodge Temple was constructed in 1849 on the north side of the downtown square. That building was destroyed by fire in 1881, and a new Lodge Temple was built in approximately the same location. The Lodge moved into its present lodge building in 1909.

Lodge History Book

In honor of the150th anniversary of Forrest Lodge in 1994, a Complete History was published in a book authored by Past Master J. D. Dickenson entitled, "Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19 Huntsville, Texas - 150 Years - 1844-1994". A copy of this book can be purchased by contacting Dickenson Research, P. O. Box 387, Huntsville, Texas 77342-0387. The price of the book is $20.00 plus $3.00 postage. Further information can be obtained at the home page above or by E-Mail.

175 Year Commemorative Coins

In honor of its 175th year anniversary in 2019, Forrest Lodge No. 19 has had a Commemorative Coin minted to note this historic event. The coin was minted in Antique Gold and Antique Silver.

Antique Gold or Antique Silver - $10.00

150 Year Commemorative Coins

In honor of its 150th year anniversary in 1994, Forrest Lodge No. 19 had a Commemorative Coin minted to note this historic event. The lodge still has some of these coins available.

Antique Bronze Coin - $5.00

Any of the coins may be ordered from the address below. Please include $1.00 per coin postage if you wish them mailed.

A Note to Genealogical and Masonic Researchers

Often researchers seek information concerning the possible Masonic affiliation of an ancestor. In TEXAS, the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas has instituted  rules as to what Masonic Records are available to the general public. The Grand Lodge Library and Museum staff, time permitting, will perform a Masonic Record Search using the Grand Lodge of Texas Archival Membership Index File. There will be a $10.00 fee for each individual search. This fee goes toward the support of the Grand Lodge Library and Museum. Please allow up to 8 weeks for a response to your inquiry.

This search will provide Membership Information Only. It will show what Texas Masonic Lodge the person belonged to and will show if the person was an officer of a Texas Masonic Lodge, or an officer of the Grand Lodge of Texas. There is No Biographical Information in these files. Once you find what Masonic Lodge a person belonged to, you will then need to contact that Lodge directly to inquire as to what may be in that member's file.

To find an address of a Texas Masonic Lodge, go to:  or, you can contact the Secretary of any Texas Masonic Lodge and he will be able to furnish you with this information.

Please Note! The Grand Lodge of Texas will not furnish any information on a living member.

Click Here to get the necessary order form for such inquiries.

If you are trying to locate the Masonic record of an ancestor who possibly belonged to a Masonic lodge in a state other than Texas, go to the following link: "Masonic Grand Lodges - United States and Puerto Rico".

Address all Correspondence to:

J. D. Dickenson, Secretary - E-Mail
Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19, A. F. & A. M.
Post Office Box 1004
Huntsville, Texas  77342-1004
Telephone 936.295.5551

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Some of our favorite Local links:

Dickenson Research - Professional Genealogists
Huntsville-Walker County, Texas, Genealogical Society

Some of our favorite Texas Masonic links:

28th Masonic District Lodges (Walker and Montgomery Counties):
Conroe Masonic Lodge No. 748 - (Conroe)

Grand Lodge of Texas, A. F. & A. M. - (Waco)

Texas Masonic Lodges
Texas Masonic Related Organizations

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