Masonic History

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In 2008 Freemasons in Ohio celebrated the year long bicentennial celebration for the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio. Founded in London, England, in 1717, Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest fraternal organization, with more than 3.6 million members worldwide and more than 100,000 in Ohio.

The first Masonic Lodge in Ohio was American Union Lodge No. 1, which was reorganized in Marietta in 1780. In early January of 1808, representatives of the six Ohio Masonic Lodges met in Chillicothe at the then State Capital Building and formed a state governing body, called the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio.

Today there are around 540 Masonic Lodges in Ohio with a combined membership of 100,000. For more information visit

The Precepts of Freemasonry are the exercise of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. It is considered that by practicing these three attributes one may become a better person for themselves, their God, and their community.


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