North Carolina/U.S. – Exploring an abandoned 100-year-old Masonic Temple, relics inside


North Carolina/U.S. - Exploring an abandoned 100-year-old Masonic Temple, relics inside

(by Heather Leah, WRAL.com, January 24, 2021)

 

The Masonic Temple on Carthage Street in Sanford was once a lively spot – right in the heart of the community. With the classic Cole’s Pharmacy – complete with a vintage soda bar – downstairs, and a lodge of the community’s movers and shakers upstairs in the temple, the building played a prominent role in the community.

Just next door, the Temple Theater, which took its name from its Masonic neighbors, heralded the stars of vaudeville and burlesque 1930’s road shows.

And all of it sat on a new major highway, U.S. Highway 1.

Alas, not all glory days last.

When the lodge moved out, a rotation of locally-owned businesses took over a few rooms in the century-old structure; however, much of the historic building remained abandoned, untouched.

The Temple Theater closed its doors, also vacant for decades – gathering dust and ghost stories.

However…

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North Carolina/U.S. - Exploring an abandoned 100-year-old Masonic Temple, relics inside

 

North Carolina/U.S. - Exploring an abandoned 100-year-old Masonic Temple, relics inside
 

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