Springing Up

Springing Up (HM166M)

Location: Silver Spring, MD 20910 Montgomery County
Buy Maryland State flags at Flagstore.com!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at Flagstore.com!

N 38° 59.649', W 77° 1.594'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites

Masonic Temple

— Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue —

At three stories, this was Silver Springs tallest building. Occupying the prime corner lot at 8435 Georgia Avenue was the Masonic Temple, home of the Silver Spring Lodge No. 215 A.F. & A.M. of Maryland. (Ancient and Free Accepted Mason). About three hundred participants attended the June 18, 1927 cornerstone-laying ceremony, during which officials placed within the cornerstone various objects, including a 1927 silver dollar, a Bible, United States and Maryland flags, the roster of Lodge membership, and copies of the Takoma News and Evening Star newspapers.

A Chevrolet and Nash automobile dealership originally occupied the ground floor of the Masonic Temple, while the second floor contained a large dining hall, kitchen, and office. The Lodge's ceremonial hall occupied the top floor.

Sparkling Spring to Community

Welcome to the Silver Spring, Georgia Avenue, one of our two original main streets, was constructed in the 19th century as the Seventh Street Turnpike, a dirt road connecting Washington City to Brookeville, Md. A village named Sligo, was established in the 1830s by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal workers from County Sligo, Ireland, was located at the corner of Georgia and Colesville Road, our other main street. A mica-flecked spring discovered in 1840 by U.S. presidential advisor Francis Preston Blair while riding his horse Selim, inspired the name of Blair's estate Silver Spring, constructed near the spring's site.

Silver Spring's original Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station , built in 1878, formed the nucleus from which today's community radiated. The majority of these early-to-mid century buildings still grace Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road and their many side streets. Explore the area and discover the fascinating history of the pioneering entrepreneurs, businesses, and institutions that developed our vibrant and diverse community.

Learn more about Historic Downtown Silver Spring at www.sshistory.org
HM NumberHM166M
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 10:46am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324493 N 4318080
Decimal Degrees38.99415000, -77.02656667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.649', W 77° 1.594'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 38.94" N, 77° 1' 35.64" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)240, 301, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 239-241 US-29, Silver Spring MD 20910, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Nearby Markersshow on map
Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. Who or what organization placed the marker?
  10. This marker needs at least one picture.
  11. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  12. Is the marker in the median?