Freemasonry traces its roots back to the Roman Empire and even ancient Egypt. The first known use of the word Freemason can be dated back to 1212 in Europe. It described craftsman that could move freely from servitude to build many wonderful churches and cathedrals, some of which stand today.
They formed lodges to teach the secrets of their craft to well-vetted apprentices. In this way they protected the need for their expertise. Over time the need for this work dwindled. However, the joy of brotherhood and the teachings of their rituals persevered.
Today, Freemansonry unites men of good character who live by the principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. They care for each other and their communities, assist the needy and those in distress and use their knowledge and understanding to improve themselves, their families and their communities.
Chances are you know of or have met a member of a local Masonic Lodge. This so-called secret society doesn’t necessarily have many secrets. Many members proudly wear a ring, hat or shirt with the Masonic emblem. Roxboro’s local lodge is located on Leasburg Street: you know the place, where a group of brothers, wives, and friends put on that fish fry each May.
Masons meet on the second and fourth Tuesday nights each month. Freemasonry in Person County dates back to 1847 when Person Lodge 113 gained its charter. Members are men of all walks of life. They have a saying: To Be One Ask One. A local brother will take it from there.
The Grand Lodge of North Carolina, A.F. & A.M., is a fraternal society organized in 1787 and now has about 36,000 members in 307 lodges statewide.