The History Of

FREEMASONRY

FOUNDING

The Freemasons trace their origins the late 14th century from a series of documents known as the Old Charges, and the organization of stonemason into ranks of Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason.

 

The earliest known Lodge was practiced on the porch of King Solomon's Temple.

 

The first Grand Lodge of England was founded in 1717.

NORTH AMERICA

The earliest known lodge in the United States was based in Pennsylvania, and was appointed a Grand Master in 1731.

 

After the American Revolution, independent Grand Lodges for each state began to form and practice.

 

Many framers of the US Constitution, as well as US presidents have joined the ranks of Freemasonry.

WORLDWIDE

The practice of Freemasonry has spread to 6 out of the 7 continents of the world.  The proliferation of Grand Lodges quickly spread throughout Europe and the United States, and found its way through the rest of the continents soon thereafter.

 

Today there are very few developed countries that do not contain a Masonic Lodge, as our brotherhood continues to expand to the corners of the Earth.

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