Local Freemasons open their doors to the public October 17

All are welcomed to come and learn about Freemasonry
The Adams Lodge in Wellfleet will be one of the fifteen Masonic Lodges open to the public on the Cape & Islands on Saturday, October 17. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

On Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fifteen Masonic Lodges on the Cape and Islands will join lodges across the Commonweatlh in opening their doors to the public. The autumn open house marks an annual celebration of Freemasonry.

Have you ever wondered who the Masons are or what they do? Are you curious about joining or would like to see the inside of a lodge? Saturday offers the public the opportunity to meet with Masons, learn about the organization's many far-reaching community programs and projects and tour a local lodge. More than 220 Masonic Lodges across the state will participate in this day of "enlightenment, education and information," according to a Masonic release.

Visitors to their local lodge will learn about the history of the Masons, the organization's rituals and the many charitable programs the Masons run.  Here on Cape Cod, families and children in need have benefited from three widely successful programs that were founded locally, the Masonic Angel Fund and two offshoots of the MAF, Laptops for Kidz and the Beehive Food Program.

The local lodges open to the public Saturday are:

  • Cawnacome Sunshine Lodge, 77 Valley Bars Road, Bourne
  • Fraternal Lodge, 1989 Falmouth Road, Centerville
  • Saint Martin’s Lodge, 52 Old Harbor Road, Chatham
  • Mariners Lodge, 988 Main Street, Cotuit
  • Mount Horeb Lodge, 242 Old Bass River Road, Dennis
  • Marine Lodge, 160 Main Street, Falmouth
  • Pilgrim Lodge, 706 Main Street, Harwich
  • Union Lodge, 30 Main Street,  Nantucket
  • Oriental-Martha’s Vineyard Lodge, 52 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd, Oak Bluffs
  • Universal Lodge, 107 Main Street, Orleans
  • King Hiram’s Lodge, 2 Masonic Place, Provincetown
  • DeWitt Clinton Lodge, 175 Main Street, Sandwich
  • Social Harmony Lodge, 2509 Cranberry Highway Rte. 28, Wareham
  • Adams Lodge, Corner of Commercial Street and Bank Street, Wellfleet
  • Howard Lodge, 20 Davis Rd, Yarmouth

There are nearly 30,000 members of Freemasonry in Massachusetts alone. Freemasonry was founded in London in 1717 and traces its roots back to stonemasons guilds in Medieval Europe. Formally organized in 1733, Massachusetts Freemasonry is the oldest Masonic group in the Western Hemisphere and third oldest in the world. The Masons have counted among their members such historic figures as George Washington, John Hancock, Andrew Jackson and Benjamin Franklin.

For more information about the Freemasons, visit AskAFreemason.org.

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