Friendship Lodge No. 84 A.F. & A.M.
Friendship Lodge No. 84, A.F. & A.M.
Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world. It is dedicated to promoting improvement in the character of its members. A Mason is taught to be a good citizen. To be of good character. To care for those less fortunate, and to give back to his community.
Freemasonry traces its roots to the Middle Ages. It is from associations of stone masons, who built the magnificent cathedrals, castles, and monasteries of Europe that the fraternity started. These groups, eventually, began to accept members who were not actual working masons. At that time they adopted the term “Accepted” Masons, and Freemasonry was born.
Here in Hagerstown, Friendsip Ldoge No. 84, operating under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Maryland, was formed on May 22, 1827. We are the oldest lodge in Washington County.
The Masonic fraternity contributes over $1 Billion each year to its philanthropic pursuits, over $750 Million of that in the United States alone. The Crippled Children’s and Burns Hospitals sponsored by Shrine Masons are world famous for their ability to help those most in need. Maryland Freemasons provide college scholarships to approximately fifty worthy students each year, and support their communities in countless ways. Other charities supported by Masons include the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Royal Arch Research Assistance which is dedicated to helping children with Central Auditory Processing Disorders, and the Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation which supports research in cardiovascular diseases.
There are many reasons for a man to become a Mason. Joining a lodge provides him with a place to meet outstanding people from all walks of life. He becomes part of an organization that embraces the tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. He is taught principles that better his own life and ability to serve others.
Fellowship is an important part of Lodge activities, with regular meetings being held on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month (except July and August) at 7:00 pm. We also have activities for the whole family including Ladies Night, a Family Picnic, Strawberries & Ice Cream Night, a Christmas Party for the children, and more.
If you are interested in joining the oldest fraternity in the world, please feel free to contact us.