The greatest secret about Freemasonry is: There is no secret. Ask any
mason you want, and you'll find all the answers you're looking for.
What is Masonry?
“Freemasonry is a system of morality, taught by allegory, and
illustrated by symbols”
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
Freemasonry is inspired by the pure principles of truth and benevolence. Our
principle tenets are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
We are dedicated to making good men better.
The qualifications to be a Mason include:
- Must be a man
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must be of good moral character
- Must have a belief in a Supreme Being
- Must seek admission of their own free will and accord
- Must ask a Mason to become a Mason
While we do not solicit membership (we won’t ask you to join),
we are happy to talk to you about the fraternity and membership. You can contact
us at through our Email Form if you are interested in more
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. More information on a sampling of
distinguished masons can be found on our Famous Masons page.