I stumbled upon this old Elk’s Lodge in Wilkesboro in March of 2023.
I had hoped to go back for more pictures, but by June it had already been demolished.
This building was the original meeting place of lodge #1846 of Wilkesboro, NC. It was vacated in 2016 and sold to a developer in 2020 for $200,000 The lodge currently meets at a smaller building on Cherry Street in town.
The house-like structure in the first picture was originally just that. The home of P.W. Eschelman. He built it for his family in 1923. The Elks took ownership in 1955 and eventually expanded the structure to meet their needs.
The large facility hosted a number of amenities, including a 75 seat bar downstairs, a lounge upstairs, and seating for up to 275 diners. Lunch and Dinner were readily available in it’s heyday, with buffets quite often.
The lesson here is when you see something, see as much of it as you can, because tomorrow is uncertain.