Members of the Lancaster Lodge

About Freemasonry

  • Members must be men, at least 18 years of age and of good moral character.
  • Freemasonry is not a religion. It only requires that its members believe in a Supreme Being.
  • Discussing politics or religion is forbidden in Lodge.
  • There is no national governing body for Freemasonry in the United States. Each jurisdiction governs itself independently.
  • Members pay a one-time initiation fee and annual dues that vary by Lodge.

The Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons is the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternal organization in the world. Volumes have been written about it. Yet, to many, Freemasonry remains a mystery.

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Freemasonry Fact and Fiction

Fiction

Freemasonry is a just an old social club, like “The Stonecutters” on “The Simpsons.”

Fact

Freemasons are seekers of knowledge and value education. Our efforts are applied toward making good men better through personal development. While there is a social aspect to the Fraternity, our true goal is to help each man grow as a person and to contribute to his community.

Home Simpson Stonecutter Freemason Action Figure
Dollar Bill Photo

Fiction

The Great Seal of the United States is a Masonic symbol, as portrayed in the movie “National Treasure.”

Fact

The Great Seal of the United States, as found on currency, was created by committees of the Continental Congress. Designs were submitted to Charles Thomas, Secretary to the Continental Congress, who wasn’t a Mason. Thomas submitted the final design to the Continental Congress, which was approved on June 20, 1782.

Fiction

The Masonic Temple in Philadelphia is connected via tunnels to City Hall, as shown in the TV show “Allegiance.”

Fact

Constructed in 1872, the Masonic Temple predates the construction of Philadelphia’s City Hall. While it is a magnificent example of architecture, there are no passable tunnels that connect it to any other building.

Masonic Temple Near City Hall Philadelphia
Knights Templar

Fiction

Freemasons are directly connected to the Knights Templar, as described in “The Da Vinci Code.”

Fact

While some theorize that the Knights Templar of the middle ages influenced Freemasonry, prevailing research and documentation continues to show that the Fraternity most likely developed out of operative stone guilds, evolving into the organization of today over several centuries.

Educational Videos

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