Night at the Morrison Masonic Lodge - Elizabethtown, Kentucky: July 25, 2014
American Hauntings Takes You Inside this Eerie Site with Haunting Links to the Civil War!
Night at the Morrison Masonic Lodge
July 25, 2014 -- 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
125 N. Mulberry Street
Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Join American Hauntings and Rep Loren Hamilton for a night of history and hauntings at the Morrison Masonic Lodge, an aging Masonic Temple in the historic city of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Incorporated in 1860, the Lodge has witnessed a tapestry of tragedy and death, as well as the blood and violence of the Civil War.  You'll spend the evening soaking up the rich history and spook ambience of the Lodge and then search for the spirits that are rumored to be lingering with the building's brick walls. Is the Morrison Lodge as haunted as so many claim? You'll have the chance to find out on July 20 as American Hauntings takes you on a private excursion into the Lodge's past in search of ghosts! $50 Per Person

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Night at the Morrison Lodge Includes:

* Private Access to the Lodge from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
* Historic and Haunting Presentation
* Historic Tour of the Lodge
* After Dark Ghost Hunt with American Hauntings

Note: The event allows access to the Lodge until 2:00 a.m. but guests are welcome to leave at any time.

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General John Hunt Morgan
Brief History of the Morrison Lodge

The Morrison Lodge was named for James Morrison, a veteran of the American Revolution, who helped to form the Grand Lodge of Kentucky in 1800. He served as a master of the Lodge in 1801-1802 and died in 1823. The Morrison Lodge in Elizabethtown was later named in his honor. Land was purchased for the Lodge building in 1844 and it was incorporated in 1860. Soon after, Elizabethtown became embroiled in the Civil War. A number of members of the Lodge served in the Confederate military during the conflict, including General Benjamin Hardin Helm, an attorney who also became a brother-in-law of Abraham Lincoln when he married Mary Todd Lincoln's sister, Emilie. During the war, he served as the commander of the legendary "Orphan's Brigade" and was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863.

Lafayette Hewitt, who served as Master of the Lodge several times, also served in the war, and after Helm's death became the acting adjutant-general of the "Orphan's Brigade". He stayed with the Brigade and surrendered with them at the end of the war. 
During the war, three horses were shot out from under him and bullets passed through his hat and clothing numerous times but he came through the fight unscathed. He worked to improve Elizabethtown's public schools when the war ended,. He later became quartermaster general of the state of Kentucky, auditor of the state and finally became president of the State Bank of Kentucky before he retired.

Other Civil War soldiers from the Morrison Lodge included Hewitt's brother, Virgil, who was wounded in Atlanta and later became Hardin County Clerk. Colonel Martin Hardin Cofer, who served as Master of the Lodge, was seriously wounded at Shiloh, but returned to the field, which earned him the respect and admiration of the men who served under him. After the war, Cofer, an attorney by trade, resumed his law practice and in 1870, became a circuit court judge. 
That year Judge Cofer the first judge in Kentucky to allow a black man to testify against a white during a trial.

Battle of Elizabethtown:
In December 1862, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan started on a mission to disrupt the Federal supply lines of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad by destroying the trestles located just north of Elizabethtown. On December 26, they arrived at Elizabethtown from Tennessee and overtook Federal forces at the railroad bridges of Bacon Creek and the Nolin River. The following day, Morgan placed artillery on Cemetery Hill and on the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike and aimed them on the Union encampments in town. He demanded a surrender of the Union troops but when no word came, the artillery commenced firing on the small community. The Confederate troops advanced and in less than an hour, the Federal soldiers surrendered.

Morrison Lodge was struck by at least one cannonball during the attack and after the fighting, it was used as a place to house prisoners and some say, as a field hospital for the wounded. The Confederates looted the town, carrying away food and medical supplies. General Morgan set up his headquarters at "Hill House" (known today as the Brown-Pusey House), located just a short distance from Morrison Lodge.

History Continues...
Sometime around 1911, fire caused tremendous damage to the Morrison Lodge and a new building was constructed on the same site in 1913. During the 1940s, three deaths took place at Morrison Lodge. One of the deaths was a member of the Lodge, who collapsed during a ceremony of an apparent heart attack. The other two deaths were of women. One of them died in a dentist's chair (who worked in the building) when she succumbed to an allergic reaction to anesthetic and the other woman died of a heart attack.

In 1988, the Morrison Lodge was added to the National Historic Register.
Ghosts of Morrison Lodge:

Over the years, Lodge members and visitors alike have reported many strange and ghostly happenings at the Morrison Lodge, including apparitions of what appear to be Civil War era soldiers; door alarms that ring even when no one leaves or enters the building; phantom footsteps; objects that move around on their own; strange knocking sounds; ghostly figures; and even helpful ghosts (possibly former Lodge members?) who once saved a Lodge member from unconsciousness when he fell ill and passed out while alone in the building.

Past investigations in the building have collected photos, EVPs and first-hand accounts of the hauntings --- but why take the word of other ghost hunters when you can find out what's happening here for yourself??

Join us as we spend the night at Morrison Lodge in Elizabethtown and search for the spirits that are said to be roaming this building. Whether you come with a love of history or a desire to experience the ghosts, you won't go away disappointed!