Masonic History Meets A Digital Present

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Enjoy North Carolina’s rich Masonic history on-line by visiting the Grand Lodge of North Carolina’s page on DigitalNC.

Materials dating back to the 1700’s including old working tools, pictures, newsletters and more await your visit.

Our state’s rich heritage is only a click away…

http://www.digitalnc.org/institutions/the-grand-lodge-of-the-ancient-free-and-accepted-masons-of-north-carolina/

About Freemasonry

 

English: Square & compasses (Insignia of Freem...

 

Modern Freemasonry is descended from the ancient guild system of European stonemasons and construction workers. Some aspects of Freemasonry’s modern ritual can be traced back nearly 1000 years. The Freemasons kept their trade secrets secret (primarily mathematic and construction knowledge), as did most guilds such as ironmongers, bakers, and weavers to name a few. This secrecy protected the quality of the guild’s work and ensured job security for its members.

The Freemasons influence peaked during the Renaissance, but declined in tandem with the decline of monumental church architecture in the 16th and 17th centuries. Between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment learned Freemasons (operative members) began accepting non-masons (speculative members) into their ranks as patrons of their art. These “speculative” patrons tended to be men of letters and wise influential statesmen.

The guild of Freemasons transformed into a social and fraternal institution in the 17th and 18th centuries. During this time they used the tools and legends of their trade as metaphors to emphasize internal enlightenment and personal growth among the fraternity’s members. The men within its ranks influenced the development of modern concepts of democracy and personal liberty—ideals that aided the the transformation and creation of many western democracies—particularly the United States

via About Freemasonry | North Carolina | Grand Lodge of NC.

A Masonic Declaration Of Independence

“The Rise Of Freemasonry In North Carolina” by E. W. Timberlake Jr.

The link above takes you to an interesting article that mentions the N.C. lodges and their declaration of independence from the Grand Lodge of England.  Below is an excerpt containing their official declaration…

“The Great Architect of the Universe having permitted a dissolution of the political bands which united North Carolina to Great Britain, propriety seemed to point out that the lodges of this State should not remain longer under any allegiance to or dependence on the Grand Lodge or Grand Master of that Kingdom. In 5786 the Union Lodge, of Fayetteville, being advised thereto by a number of visiting brothers from the different parts of the State, proposed that a convention of all the regularly constituted lodges of North Carolina should be held at Fayetteville, on the 24th of June, 5787 (AD 1787), to take under consideration the propriety of declaring by a solemn act the independence of the lodges of North Carolina, and to appoint a State Grand Master and other Grand officers. The great distance to and small intercourse between the different parts of this extensive State having prevented a sufficient number of delegates from attending, the convention adjourned to the town of Tarborough, on the 9th of December following, when the (Masonic) declaration of independence took place, and a form of government was adopted. The Most Worshipful Samuel Johnston having been appointed Grand Master, and the Right Worshipful Richard Caswell (then Governor of this State), Deputy Grand Master, the first Grand Lodge was held on the following day.”

Another interesting part was the fact that there used to be a Union Lodge in Fayetteville. It is now Phoenix Lodge.