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     The building that Accacia Lodge No. 51 calls home has quite a history behind it. Early settlers and pioneers to the area had no place to worship so they held services in their own homes bringing in nearby clergymen to lead. Notably, one of the first was the famous Rev. William F. Boutwell. After decades of doing this through the 1840's, 50's and 60's, John S. Norris donated a plot of land and a building commission was assembled for the construction of the First Congregational Church of Cottage Grove in 1868.

     In 1968, after 100 years as the First Congregational Church, the building was sold to Accacia Lodge No. 51. The lodge had been assembled in 1865 by many of the same members as the original congregtion and building commission for the church.

     The mastery with which the building was erected has not gone unnoticed. In 1988 a report was prepared and the building was accepted into the City of Cottage Grove's Register of Historic Sites and Landmarks. Beloved by "architecture buffs" for "its interesting blend of Greek Revival and Itallian Renaissance-inspired details" it continues to serve the community into its 150th year of service.

     To see the building in-person, attend one of our several annual events and ask one of the lodge members for a tour. Along with getting a glimpse back into the founding of Cottage Grove you will be supporting one of our many charitable causes.