The Masonic Fraternity is the oldest fraternity in the world. No one knows just how old it is because the actual origins have been lost in time. The most commonly accepted theory is that Freemasonry arose from the guilds of stonemasons who built the castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. There are some who believe that Freemasonry was influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims making trips to the Holy Land.
The modern history of Freemasonry begins in 1717, when the first Grand Lodge was formed in England. A Grand Lodge is the administrative body in charge of Masonry in some geographical area. In the United States, there is a Grand Lodge in each state. In Canada, there is a Grand Lodge in each province. Local organizations of Masons are called lodges. There are lodges in most towns, and large cities usually have several. There are about 13,200 lodges in the United States.
(From The Farmers Almanac of 1823, Published at Andover, Mass.)
While we do not solicit membership (we will not ask others to join), we are happy to talk to you about the fraternity and membership. You can contact us by email at email@example.com or stop by the lodge before a meeting. We meet the Second Mondays of every month. Dinner generally begins at 6:30 pm, and the lodge Tyles at 7:30 pm.
Throughout history many distinguished men have sought to join us in our labors, among them are men such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Voltaire, Bob Hope, Douglas MacArthur, and Buzz Aldrin.
For more information about Freemasonry, we would encourage you to visit the Grand Lodge of Washington website.
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Southgate Masonic Lodge No. 100
1004 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA 98166