Directions to LaPlotte Chapter #64 OES.

From I-89 (North, East, South) use exit 14 to US Route 2 east (Williston Road) to US route 116 (Hinesburg Road) then south to Hinesburg village.

On the south side of Hinesburg Village, route 116 turns left at the intersection of Silver Street. The lodge building is a gray stone building with a large masonic emblem on the front gable. It sits on the corner of route 116 and Silver street; parking is between the building and the Elementary school to the left of the lodge building.

From the south (Bristol, Starksboro) take US 116 north; the school and lodge building will be on the left as you enter the village.


The history of LaPlotte Chapter #64 OES.

Today's LaPlotte Chapter #64 is a consolidation of three chapters: Champlain #55 of Charlotte, Friendship #62 of Richmond, and LaPlotte #64 of Hinesburg. These three chapters enjoyed many years of enjoyable meetings mixed with some degree of hardships over the years as well.

Champlain Chapter #55 was the oldest; duly constituted on January 22 of 1903 and receiving their charter on Feb 9 with 31 charter members present. Due to the large membership, Friendship Chapter #62 was duly constituted on April 27 of 1905 in Richmond; LaPlotte Chapter #64 was also constituted in 1905 in Hinesburg.

In March of 1908 Champlain chapter's officers were so wildly scattered that it was seldom that all of them could be in attendance. In later years the membership dipped drastically and on July 7 of 1933 they surrendered their charter. After several years of inactivity there was a resurgence of interest in the order and in 1949 it was moved to reinstate Champlain Chapter's charter; the formal ceremony being conducted June 30, 1950 with about 250 members in attendance.

Friendship Chapter meetings were held on the top floor of the newly built masonic building on the corner of Bridge and Depot Street. In 1908 the chapter lost all of their furnishings along with a new piano in a fire. All of the records were with the secretary and were preserved.

LaPlotte also suffered from a fire that completely destroyed the building in November of 1950; all of the records were lost along with the furnishings. The following year a new lodge building was constructed just south of the original building on its present site at the corner of Silver Street and Route 116. (See picture above)

As with any organization, attendance and interest will ebb and flow. Due to many external factors both membership and attendance dropped in the 1990's. Deeming it to their benefit, Champlain Chapter consolidated with LaPlotte in April of 1995, with Friendship Chapter consolidating with LaPlotte the following year in August of 1996.


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