Historic Lancaster Masonic Temple
The Lancaster Masonic Temple is a registered historic property located within the Lancaster Historic District, which in turn is on the National Register of Historic Places. The original building was constructed in 1838 as the Methodist Episcopal Church. By the turn of the century, Lancaster's Methodists had outgrown the building and constructed a new building at the top of Wheeling Hill. In 1907 the old property was sold to the Masonic lodge. After a disastrous fire in December of 1944 destroyed the original building, an exact replica was built. With a few minor differences - such as fireproof steel and poured concrete construction instead of wood - the present building was completed in 1953 as a faithful reproduction of the original both inside and outside. Learn more about our history here.
ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
Lancaster Masonic Lodge will be holding its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 8 (Saturday before Easter) at Rising Park.
OPEN: 10.00 A.M.
HUNT START: 10.30 A.M.
Hunt is open to children up to age 15. Free admission.
Despite its tantalizing mythos as a secret cult, Freemasonry is a family-oriented, community-centered service organization that seeks to improve the quality of men’s lives as it promotes social well-being through its charitable programs and civic-minded members.
Much of the history of Lancaster Masonic Lodge is the history of the city of Lancaster.
Master Masons representing Lancaster Lodge will be on hand from to greet all visitors, answer your questions, and give guided tours to explain the significance of Lodge furniture, ornaments, jewels and working tools used in private Masonic ceremonies. There will also be a small historic exhibit of photos and items from the Temple's historical past.
The Open House is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about Freemasonry to meet and talk with Masons in our community. Freemasonry has been in continuous existence in Lancaster since 1820, and its members continue an unbroken tradition of building & serving the community. In the early days Lancaster’s Freemasons were largely responsible for establishing the library, three churches, and the school system. Anchor Hocking – the company that brought great prosperity to Lancaster throughout the 20th century – was founded by Bro. Isaac J. Collins.
Today we find ourselves supporting community arts and education through co-presenting youth theatrical productions in the Temple's historic auditorium as well as occasional musical concerts. The Lodge offers small merit-based scholarships annually. We are also members of Destination Downtown Lancaster. Many of our individual members continue to be involved in service to the community in countless ways. The Temple's banquet room is available for community & private events, from workshops to birthday parties.
If you are interested in learning more about the ancient fraternity called Freemasonry, now is your opportunity to do so! Stop in, take a look at the lodge room, and ask your questions. Discover why so many men through the ages have been a part of Freemasonry. Men such as George Washington, Ben Franklin, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Glenn, and many, many others have been a part of this brotherhood. Lancaster’s famous Freemasons have included Charles Sherman, William J. Reese, postmaster and judge Elnathan Scofield, Ohio governor William Medill, architect Daniel Sifford, tinsmith Samuel Effinger, newspaper founder Jacob Deitrick, U.S. Representative Philemon Beecher, and many more.
For photos of past community events, please visit our Theatre & Concert Events page.
No upcoming Masonic events.
Veterans Day Spaghetti Dinner
On Saturday 12 November, Lancaster Chapter No. 10 Blue Star Mothers and Boy Scout Troop #165 served their annual Veterans Cat Spaghetti Dinner. Musical entertainment was provided by Heritage Fifes & Drums.
Lancaster Fire Department
LANCASTER MASONIC TEMPLE
The Temple is the home of Lancaster Lodge #57 F&AM, the Lancaster York Rite bodies: Chapter #11, Council #3, and Commandery #2; and White Shrine.
Lancaster #57 - First & Third Tuesday 7.30pm, dark July-August.
Chapter #11 - Fourth Tuesday 7.30pm
Council #3 - Fourth Tuesday 8.30pm
Commandery #2 - Second Tuesday 7.30 pm, dark July-August.
White Shrine - Third Monday 7.30pm
Rough Ashlars - every Saturday 8.00am
COVID-19 STATUS: Masks are no longer required under Ohio Department of Health & CDC guidance for those who have been fully vaccinated. Members and Visiting Brethren are still welcome to wear a mask of they wish.
Free disposable masks are available.