Terre Haute, Indiana audio tour: Terre Haute Masonic Temple: An Indoor Guide to its History

Terre Haute Masonic Temple: An Indoor Guide to its History

Indoor Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Dive into the history of Terre Haute’s Freemasonry from its early days at Fort William Henry Harrison to the present on this in-depth indoor tour around the Terre Haute Masonic Temple.

Learn about the Temple, its history, the journey that led to its opening, and the details about who owns and utilizes it today as you walk from room to room. Along the way, you’ll hear about each room’s roles, and I’ll teach you how to spot some of the prominent symbols of Freemasonry. I’ll introduce you to some of the characters who started the lodges and have guided them through the years. There’s even a brief cameo by Terre Haute legend Stiffy Green!

On this tour you’ll get a chance to:

• See historic furniture and design styles
• Explore a building designed by a renowned Midwestern architect and listed in the National Register of Historic Places
• Find out where the homes of local notables John Heinl, Senator Daniel Vorhees, William Wood Parsons, and Frank Prox were once located
• Learn how Freemasonry migrated to and grew in Vigo County
• View Terre Haute’s best collection of historic Masonic literature
• Learn about the history and foundation of the Order of the Eastern Star

Join me on this walk around the Terre Haute Masonic Temple where the history, architecture and symbolism of Freemasonry are explored. Allow at least an hour to explore the building and get the most out of the tour.

Tour Producer


Jordan Bayles

Jordan is a native "Hautian" and has been a member of various community organizations including Terre Haute Lodge No. 19, Free & Accepted Masons. He holds an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Western Governors University. Though not formally educated as such, he is a passionate student of history and loves to research and share information on historical topics.

Jordan produces tours on behalf of Terre Haute Lodge No. 19, Free & Accepted Masons.

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Major Landmarks

  • Terre Haute Masonic Temple

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins in front of the Terre Haute Masonic Temple at 224 North 8th Street in Terre Haute, Indiana. Free parking is available on 8th, Eagle, and Larry Bird Streets where indicated, as well as in the Temple parking lot off of Eagle Street Monday through Friday after 4pm, and on weekends. Paid parking can be found in the parking garage one block south of the Temple on 8th Street (entrance on Cherry Street), or in the Indiana State University metered parking lot opposite the alley from the Temple (entrance on Larry Bird Avenue).

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Places to stop along the way

Other great attractions in the downtown area include the Vigo County Historical Museum at 929 Wabash Avenue, the Sheldon Swope Art Museum at 25 South 7th Street, and a self guided tour of the Indiana State University campus including the historic Condit House (currently used as the University President's home), Normal Hall (the original ISU Library), Federal Hall (formerly a Federal courthouse), and Fairbanks Hall (the original Emiline Fairbanks Library of the City of Terre Haute). For a beverage or bite to eat before or after the tour, check out Federal Coffee & Fine Foods at 683 Wabash Avenue.

Best time of day

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-2pm, other times by appointment.


The temple is very safe.


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Terre Haute Masonic Temple: An Indoor Guide to its History