The Morgan Monument
Batavia, New York
This isn’t a secret temple or monument to the Masons, but a tribute to what they could do if you mess with them. Captain William Morgan was a businessman who had several ups and downs financially and kept on moving his family around. For a while he and his family lived in Rochester and he joined the local Freemasons with no issue. After a few years, however, they moved to Batavia, New York, where he tried to join the local chapter there, and was denied, for unknown reasons.
Angry at the snub and feeling betrayed by the brotherhood, he threatened to expose their secrets with a book called Illustrations of Masonry. This book was supposed to detail the rites and rituals of high degree Masons, but before it was published, Morgan was arrested. Then, on Sept 11th, 1826, he was abducted and was never seen again, though it’s assumed that the Mason’s did him in. A body was found in Lake Ontario a year later, but was too badly decomposed to be identified.
After that, several officials and politicians started an anti-Masonic movement that led to the creation of an anti-masonic political party that influenced events right into the civil war. This monument was dedicated to that movement and to Morgan in 1882, and placed in a cemetery near where he was abducted as an opposition to secret societies. Of course all the claims of kidnapping have been denied and covered up and Morgan apparently just ran away.