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!
at the Morrison Masonic Lodge
July 25, 2014 -- 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
125 N. Mulberry Street
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:
General John Hunt Morgan
|Brief History of the Morrison
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
|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
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
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.
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
In 1988, the Morrison Lodge was added to the National Historic
|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!