Located in the historic district of Savannah, Suites at Bay is housed in the Oglethorpe Lodge, which was erected circa 1822. The Suites celebrate colonial downtown Savannah and offers guests a glimpse into Savannah’s past. With four beautiful apartment homes to choose from, our guests are treated to luxury accommodations. Not only are our apartment homes newly and tastefully renovated, they also come with a personal connection to our welcoming staff. Our guests are family. It’s important to us to make sure you have everything you need for making lifelong memories, and our prime location will help you do just that. Just steps away from historic theaters, flagship restaurants, exciting nightlife, boutique shopping, conference centers, and local venues, Suites at Bay puts you in the center of all of the city’s best attractions.
The History of the Grand Lodge of Georgia
Before housing the Suites at Bay, the Oglethorpe Lodge was the location of the Grand Lodge of Georgia. Here is a little history about our unique building and the organization that called it home.
Alvin N. Miller, the first Noble Grand of the first Lodge instituted in Georgia, was born in New York in 1814. He traveled to Savannah in 1835 and spent most of his life as a sea captain, where he met five other captains who belonged to the Order, Samuel Courtney, William H. Keckley, William Sewell Jr., James Reed, and Alvin Adams. Together, these six brothers became the chief charter members of Oglethorpe #1 in 1842.
The first charter and four subsequent charters issued for the state of Georgia were issued by the Grand Lodge of the United States. The name later changed to Sovereign Grand Lodge. Brother Miller was dedicated to the Order and he helped lay the foundation that exists today. After retiring from sea, he served the city of Savannah as an Alderman and as Superintendent of the Waterworks. He held that position until his death in 1889.
During Brother Miller’s lifetime, he saw the growth of Odd Fellowship in Savannah as other lodges were formed: Live Oak No. 3 (1843), DeKalb No. 9 (1845), and Haupt No. 58 (1869). He was also important in helping to get the Grand Lodge of Georgia chartered. On November 13, 1843, three Lodges met in Savannah with the goal of instituting a Grand Lodge. As a result, the Oglethorpe #1, Franklin #2, and Live Oak #3 were constructed.
History of a Beloved Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Georgia
Elisha Parsons was initiated into Oglethorpe Lodge No. 1 in April 1842. After withdrawing from Oglethorpe Lodge, he became the originator and first Noble Grand of Live Oak Lodge No. 3, which was instituted in February 1843.
Elisha was one of the original seven charter members of the Grand Lodge of Georgia and was elected Grand Warden. With various appointments—Grand Representative, Deputy Grand Sire, and finally, Grand Master—Brother Parsons served the community for many years. As an Odd Fellow, he was resolute in the principles of the Order. After his death in Savannah on August 21, 1889, Brother Parsons’ picture was ordered placed in the proceedings of the session of the Grand Lodge of 1887. A great man, he was a leader whose service forever impacted the city of Savannah.