Philanthropic Lodge A.F. & A.M.
Meets on 3rd Tuesday
Meets at 62 Pleasant Street Marblehead, MA 01945
Contact: Donald A Doliber
[[[p]]]This Lodge was originally chartered in 1760 as St. John's Lodge No.1 under the Provincial Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The Lodge's name was changed to Philanthropic Lodge in 1797 during the tenure of M.W. Paul Revere when he was Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts. Because of this Lodge's early successful establishment and continued vibrancy, it is recognized as the 3rd oldest Lodge under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts. Further, it is the 19th oldest Masonic Lodge in the United States. [[[br /]]][[[br /]]]Since its beginning Philanthropic Lodge has attracted men of good quality and character, many are or were notable in the history of the United States, men such as Eldridge Gerry, Elisha Story, Joseph Story, Captains John Bailey and Samuel Tucker as well as General John Glover. Philanthropic claims to have been visited by at least two sitting presidents, generals George Washington and Andrew Jackson. [[[br /]]][[[br /]]]At the present, Philanthropic enjoys one of the largest memberships in the Jurisdiction, with well over 500 active members. This Lodge has members as old as 96 and as young as 20, with a good portion in the middle range of 30 to 55. In 2010, Philanthropic celebrated our Sesqui-bicentennial, (250 years) a rare occurrence for any organization. [[[br /]]][[[/p]]]